Children in Placement-CT, Inc. is a non-profit organization that trains local volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in foster care.
Our volunteers are trained to be Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Guardian ad Litems (GALs) and are assigned to 1-2 cases, acting as the eyes and ears of the court while evaluating the needs of the child and helping the child find a safe, permanent home. Volunteer work as a CASA/GAL includes visiting the child in their foster home monthly, consulting with professionals in the child's life such as teachers and therapists, exploring potential resources for the child, and advocating for the child's best interests in court. CASA/GALs do not need to be attorneys or have any other specific educational or professional backgrounds.
Research indicates that children with a CASA/GAL volunteer are significantly less likely to languish in long-term foster care and are less likely to re-enter foster care later. For many abused children, their CASA/GAL volunteer allows them to feel heard and is a source of consistency in their tumultuous lives.
- Be 21 years or older
- Commit to 2 years of service
- Have access to a car
- Participate in a 40 hour training
- Submit to a background check
- Have basic computer skills
To participate in this amazing opportunity, please contact us or fill out the volunteer application at: https://casaofct.org/volunteer/