November 13, 2012
Court Appointed Special Advocates in Sonoma County trains volunteers to support individual youth in the complex child welfare system. The trainers for this program, including myself, are local experts in their particular section of the field. There is a cohort of trainer/advisers that consistently return, as volunteers, since the program began fifteen years ago. This loyalty, to give our professional time to ensure that new trainees are connected to the community of providers for youth, is a product of the value that CASA staff place on effective relationships. As a presenter I get honest and timely feedback from the trainees, staff and director. As a professional in the field I bring updated information and materials to the CASA staff. This dynamic engagement of professionals with volunteer supervisors and staff gives strength, depth of information and understanding of multiple systems interactions to the entire program. The volunteers benefit by having broad expertise as close as a call to their volunteer supervisor when they need it. As a CASA serving two youth myself, this is beyond price when an issue arises quickly, as they do.
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