The featured picture is part of the Columbus Staff at Twin Cedars. This picture was taken to help promote their upcoming Charity Race on April 13, 2013. The theme is “Be a Child’s Hero… SUPERHERO Day on Broadway.” As mentioned in my previous blog, CASA is one of the programs underway at Twin Cedars. The acronym CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. Once a child is removed from their home, and placed in foster care, CASA representatives are the voice for those children in their upcoming court cases. In their attempt for justice, lawyers, judges, and state workers, are busy preparing their cases and their objective is to see that the perpetrators are convicted. In the midst of all that is going on, sometimes the victims, the children, are forgotten. However, this is never intentional. Often the victims are infants, or children under five, and they are not aware that they are victims, so they are unable to be a viable witness. That is where CASA steps in. CASA volunteers help the children in the following ways:
- Gathering information about the child’s situation
- Attending court proceedings
- Making a recommendation to the judge to help the court make a sound decision about needed services for the child and child’s future
Federal law states that in cases of child abuse or neglect a guardian *or CASA is appointed on behalf of the child/children.
Becoming a CASA volunteer is not as difficult as one would think considering the service they provide. The qualifications are:
- Must be 21 years old
- Pass criminal background checks
- Good verbal & written communication skills
- Ability to be objective and non-judgmental
- Available to attend all court hearings
- Commitment to CASA program for at least 1 year or until case is resolved
CASA is a wonderful way to give back to the community!
Below is the information about the race.