Advocates for Children-CASA Intern

Advocates for Children-CASA Intern Job Description
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA volunteers) are unpaid, trained volunteers who represent the
best interests of the children who have open Dependency and Neglect cases, due to abuse or neglect. CASA
volunteers are appointed by a Judge and serve as the voice of the children in the courtroom. The CASA volunteer
helps to ensure that the children are in safe, permanent, and thriving environments. Through gathering information
and writing reports to the Court, CASA volunteers make independent recommendations to the Court that include
the children’s placement, school, and emotional well-being to assist in helping the Judge make informed decisions
for the children’s best interest. The CASA volunteer remains with the children throughout the life of a case. Once
important role of the CASA volunteer is to be a stable, consistent, and caring adult who these children can turn to
during a difficult time.
All CASA volunteers pass multiple background screens, sign confidentiality agreements, and complete over
30 hours of training prior to being sworn in as an Officer of the Court to help, speak up for, support, and ensure the
children’s best interests during Dependency and Neglect Cases. It is important for the CASA volunteer to be involved
in this case and it is court ordered that the CASA volunteer spend time with children regularly (multiple times each
month), if this case is active in the Dependency and Neglect Court. Different ways that are vital to advocating for
the children’s best interests include visiting the children in their placements and communities, support sibling visits,
as well as gathering information from their families and parents, teachers, doctors, caseworkers, and Guardian ad
Litem.
In working towards helping Advocates for Children-CASA meet its overall objective of providing a caring
CASA Volunteer for children with open abuse and neglect cases, a CASA Program Intern performs a range of duties
that can include any of the following duties:


Program
• Cover a morning or afternoon docket at court- taking notes on any cases we are following,
prepping/supporting CASAs to go on the record, making appearances on the record (when appropriate) and
getting needed information from GALs and caseworkers on cases.
• CASA coordinating- Monitors, supports, and supervises a CASA volunteer on an assigned child abuse/neglect
case. The Program Manager or another senior staff will supervise your coordination of the volunteer.
• Cross train in Douglas and Elbert Counties


Development
• Assist with event planning including outreach to potential guests and event sponsors, recruiting auction
items, working with vendors and outside parties, helping coordinate day of logistics, etc.
• Assist with entering data into Salesforce, our donor database
• Help with donor appreciation and recognition
• Help with social media and managing Advocates for Children CASA’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages
• Work as a liaison between the Young Professionals Board and the Development team


Training/Recruitment
• Assist in planning and preparation for scheduled volunteer training classes
• Assist with data tracking of recruitment in online database
• Work as a liaison between potential volunteers and organization


Hours: 10 – 25 hours per week (flexible, can be more if needed) during the requested semester out of the
Advocates for Children-CASA Office located at 10855 E. Bethany Drive, Suite 200, Aurora, CO 80014.


Reports To: Shay Giles, Training and Recruitment Manager


QUALIFICATIONS:
• Ability to interact with Court professionals & community partners
• Must be 21 years of age or older.
• Must have reasonable means of transportation.
• Ability to take initiative in completing assigned projects with minimal supervision.
• Skill in the use of email, Microsoft Office specifically Outlook, Excel, Word, and database entry and tracking.
• Must have the ability and willingness to perform local job related travel.
• Must be available for flexible day, evening and week-end work hours.
• Must be able to pass a criminal background check, motor vehicle background check, and TRAILS history
background check.
• Ability to operate standard office equipment (fax, photocopier, etc.)
• Great team player. Ability to work well with others as well as alone in minimally supervised situations.
• Strong written and oral communication skills.


Compensation:
This is an unpaid internship. We encourage you to use this internship to gain your necessary course credit hours
through your university.
**Advocates for Children-CASA is currently seeking 2 summer interns and 1 2-semester intern for the upcoming
school year.


Applying:
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Shay Giles, Training and Recruitment Manager at
shay_giles@adv4children.org. No phone calls please. Please indicate how many hours you need for your internship
and the degree in which you are pursuing.


For more information about Advocates for Children-CASA visit adv4children.org

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