CASA of New Hampshire is excited to welcome 13 new volunteer advocates who graduated from our Keene training in April. These individuals completed a 40-hour pre-service training that will prepare them to serve as the eyes and ears of the family court system for child abuse and neglect cases. They will be representing children from their local courts to help to ensure that their voice is heard in the complicated process of their abuse or neglect case.
Training serves as a foundation for CASAs to build off of as they continue their advocacy work. CASAs learn about the formation of child protection laws, the court process, and how to write a court report. This training also serves to give CASAs an insight as to the challenges families with addiction and mental illness prevalent in the home face and provides them with an understanding as to what type of situations they could face as advocates.
There is no particular professional background or degree that makes someone the perfect candidate to become a CASA advocate. Our advocates range in age and professions, have full time jobs and are retired. They all come together with a passion to make their community stronger by supporting vulnerable children who need a caring, compassionate adult in their life. We are so grateful for the commitment of these 13 individuals, congratulations and welcome to all!
In a time when the cases brought to CASA are primarily drug related, more children need advocates to speak for their best interests in court. The high volume of cases means, these new advocates will soon get the chance to ensure the children in their communities are represented in court. To learn more about becoming a volunteer advocate, please click here.