Fannin County, Texas – The Fannin County Children’s Center is looking for volunteers for a variety of roles, including CASA Advocates for Foster Children, CAC volunteers who oversee children and families at the center. , Rainbow Room volunteers who organize clothing and other supplies, Honey Doers who help with minor repairs and maintenance, and the hospitality team who prepare food for various meetings and training.
CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, is one of several programs offered by the Fannin County Children’s Center to benefit abused and neglected children. CASA is looking for adult volunteers who can undergo training and pass background checks to be appointed by the 336th District Court to serve as ad Litem guardian for children in foster care.
In this role, CASA volunteers regularly visit their child or group of assigned siblings and gather information from parents, other families, teachers, medical staff, therapists and others in order to make recommendations to the court on what will be best for the child. interest. They prepare court reports and also testify at hearings. Many volunteers are successful in volunteering while working full time and spending time with their families.
The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is another program of the Children’s Center. Compassionate CAC volunteers are needed to supervise children, youth and families who are at the center for interviews or counseling. Other volunteers are needed for tasks that do not work directly with the children, such as organizing clothes in the rainbow room, helping with light repairs and building maintenance and preparation. food for various meetings and trainings.
There will be an information session on Tuesday August 10 starting at 5:30 pm ?? 6.30 p.m. on Zoom. CASA Program Director Amanda McDonald and Community Development Director Andrea Lappin will present information on all volunteer opportunities available at the center, as well as information on the application process and training requirements. Attendance at the information session is not a requirement to become a volunteer, however, it is a useful step to learn more about what it takes to volunteer and provide an opportunity to ask questions. Attending the information session will not require anyone to become a volunteer.
The next training sessions for CASA volunteers will start in August. Participants will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become an advocate for abused children in foster care. Participants will have 4 in-person sessions on August 24 and 31 and September 7 and 16 and there will be reading and online activities to complete in their free time. At least 2 hours of in-person courtroom observation will also be required. Anyone who successfully completes the training will take the CASA Oath in the Fannin County District Courtroom.
Applications are now being accepted for all types of volunteers at the Children’s Center. Contact Amanda McDonald by email at [email protected] for the Zoom link for the volunteer information session. For more information on the Children’s Center and volunteer opportunities, visit www.fanninccc.org and / or call (903) 583-4339.