The new year at CASA of New Hampshire kicked off with nine new advocates, an intern, and two staff members completing the first training of 2018. These 12 individuals spent 40 hours over the month of January learning the importance of child protection and the essential role they will play in the court room as the voice of the best interests for victimized children.
Highlights from the training include: meeting with current volunteers, speaking with a DCYF supervisor, and role playing a practice case. A signifcant portion of the class is devoted to becoming aware of individual biases and the importance of looking past those biases when working with the children and families involved in the case. With a range of different experience throughout the room, advocates were impressed with the thoroughness and effectiveness of the training program. By graduation day, these new advocates realized that this role would not only make a difference in the life of victimized children, but also has the potential to change their own lives.
The need for advocates is at an all-time high due to the drug epidemic that New Hampshire is facing. You do not need to have a special degree or specific background to do this work. You simply need to have the heart to step up and say, “I will be there” for a victimized child. Congratulations and thank you to these nine individuals who have answered the call in time of increased need. To learn more about becoming a volunteer advocate, please click here.
The final activity to conclude training is to write a positive note you want your future CASA kid to know. Here are the responses from these trainees: