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September CASA Training Dates TBA
Friends of Children is planning on holding a training for new CASAs beginning at some time in September. It is expected that the full training will be for about 30 hours over a period of weeks. These trainings will likely be held on a remote basis.
This training is conducted for all volunteers who have completed the initial CASA screening process to include filling out an application.
We are continuing to consider CASAs to attend this training.
Learn more about CASA opportunities and submit an online application here. Or call Friends of Children at 586-0011.
The health and safety of children and young people, staff, volunteers and the community as a whole are our top priority. Like you, we have been closely following and implementing precautions and guidelines for emergency preparedness and all staff are working remotely until further notice. We will be in close communication with our community about any changes.
We are holding training sessions for volunteers on a remote basis using online conferencing platforms. We are offering online opportunities for young adults in our FOCUS Program to connect twice a week, and mentors are connecting to young people remotely as well. Our CASA volunteers are staying in touch with children and families to offer support, and we are mobilizing efforts in our Foster Dignity Program to ensure that basic needs are met. Our Policy staff is accessing and participating in virtual meetings about the latest changes in operating procedures that impact children and families in the child welfare system. All of our staff are available by email.
Isolation can be difficult, particularly for children and young people who have experienced significant disruption and trauma in their lives. In this time of physical distancing, we are grateful to be a part of a community of service providers that is helping to meet the social and basic needs of children and families.
We recommend John Hopkins University as a great resource for up to date COVID-19 information.
We speak the truth on behalf of children, no matter how difficult it is to hear.
We are champions of their best interests. We advocate for the rights and dignity of children in and aging-out of foster care. We recognize the whole child, and commit to changing the course of their lives. Their future and our community’s legacy depend on it.
Looking for support?
Our programs can help you or a child you know that is currently in foster care or aging out with basic needs like food and health care, or with educational and personal growth opportunities.
The Children's Union
Our policy advocacy arm works with state officials, policy makers and other advocacy groups to improve the Commonwealth’s child welfare system.
It takes a village!
We know this important work cannot be done without contributions from our entire community.
Just a simple donation of school supplies or clothing can go a long way to improving a young person's day.
Are you a compassionate listener? Or someone with valuable skills to pass along to young people? Children need reliable advocates and mentors to help them navigate challenges and develop the confidence to become independent.
Maybe you have experience in marketing, social media, photography, videography, or events coordination? So much goes on behind the scenes, and we may have a great fit for you!
Perhaps a financial gift is the best way for you to make an impact? We have multiple options to help you support our work.