The second week of CASA Volunteer training met last Thursday night for an evening of continued education about their upcoming experience with Athens-Oconee CASA and every aspect that goes in to making their advocacy for a child successful. With ten volunteers-in-training and four current volunteers who stopped by to share their wealth of knowledge and experiences with the group, the training was full of learning, insight and questions.
The training class also participated in role-play, where they practiced introducing themselves to children, teachers, and parents involved in a case, which can often be one of the most difficult challenges at the start. Meeting someone for the first time, and explaining the CASA program and their role (as most people won’t know about the program or what it does) can be a challenge, but the class did a great job practicing how they would introduce themselves and how they would answer questions that are thrown their way.
The class ended with speaker Danny Stevens, director of the new Family Dependency Treatment Court, who additionally has spent thirty years working with children through adoption and foster care. He shared many stories and important information and statistics about Foster Care statewide, including the fact that there are approximately 7,000 children in Foster Care in the state of Georgia.
Next Thursday is sure to be another engaging and imperative training class!