The CASA/GAL Program of Deer Lodge, Powell and Granite counties will be holding an informational meeting at the Anaconda Family Resource Center (520 Oak St.) on March 28th at 6:00.  The program is currently recruiting volunteers to serve as child advocates in Deer Lodge, Powell and Granite counties.  CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)/GAL(Guardian Ad Litem) volunteers advocate for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.  In order to train new volunteers, the CASA/Guardian Ad Litem program will be beginning a five week training session on April, 17 2018.

By acting as court appointed advocates for children who have been removed from their homes GAL volunteers contribute to judicial decisions about the placement of the children.  After speaking with the child, parents, family members, social workers, and others familiar with the child’s situation, GAL volunteers are able to prepare recommendations for the Judge regarding what action is in the best interest of the child.  Attendance at court proceedings and other case review meetings also contribute to the volunteer’s recommendations.  CASA/GAL volunteers also take an active role in ensuring that the children’s needs are being met and that a permanent home is found for them as quickly as possible.

There are no educational or background requirements for those interested in volunteering.  Volunteers must to be 21 years of age, willing to undergo a background check and participate in 30 hours of pre-service training.  Volunteers must also have access to the internet in order to participate in the training.  Good verbal and written skills are helpful as well as an ability to remain objective.   GAL’s must be able to commit to the program for at least one year or until the case to which they are assigned is resolved.

For more information call Sue at 563 7972 ext 17.