voices for children
Every year in Lorain County, hundreds of children are abused and neglected. Many of them are removed from their homes for their own protection and placed with relatives, interested third parties or in foster care. It is up to a magistrate or judge to decide their future. To make a good decision the magistrate or judge needs information. That’s where a Voices for Children, Court Appointed Special Advocate comes in.
Community minded professionals to serve on their talented Board of Trustees. Although always seeking members of varied talents, the current needs are for professionals with experience with Marketing, Finance, Grant Writing, and Social Media Management backgrounds.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF A BOARD MEMBER
Board Members will support the efforts of the Court Appointed Special Advocate program by raising funds and supporting the Staff in the areas of public relations, volunteer recruitment, retention, and training, and providing an annual financial contribution.
This Board meets monthly on the 1st Thursday of each month. Currently these meetings are being held remotely via Zoom or Microsoft Teams.
CASA-GAL volunteers are men and women who volunteer their time to provide a service to the court, alongside attorneys, caseworkers, prosecutors and other court employees. As an appointed officer of the court, a CASA-GAL volunteer takes the time to find out as much as they can about the child. They review records; interview parents and relatives; foster parents, counselors, therapists, caseworkers, teachers and most importantly-the child.
When the CASA-GAL volunteer has a complete profile, they appear in court to recommend to the magistrate or judge what would be in a child’s best interest. The CASA-GAL volunteer also informs the magistrate or judge what the child’s wishes and desires are. A CASA-GAL volunteer is the Voice for a child.
If you are a caring, patient, objective adult who is concerned about the safety and welfare of children, Voices for Children needs you. The children need you.
Ron Dauphin, Treasurer
Visit their website at www.vfclc.org to learn more about this organization.