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CASA for Douglas County

Child Saving Institute

Heartland Family Service

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CASA for Douglas County

Chris Watson, Training & Recruitment Coordinator ~ (402) 932-5683 ~ cwatson@casaomaha.org
2412 St. Mary’s Ave, Omaha, NE 68105 ~ www.casaomaha.org

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPJXU-FKq1U

When home is no longer safe for a child, and the child must enter the foster care system, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer called a CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocate®. The CASA volunteer’s focus is on advocating for the best interest of that foster child. CASA volunteers do this by providing individualized attention through monthly visits to their foster youth and relevant parties, documenting information concerning the child’s best interest, and submitting their independent report to the court to assist the judge ruling over the case.

Duties:

  • Meet with the child on a consistent basis. Assess best interests and understand the child’s wishes.
  • Attend family team meetings, meet with professionals in the child’s life, review documents and records to maintain awareness and gather information about the child.
  • Monitor the services that are in place and recommend services as needed.
  • Document the facts and circumstances of the child’s situation in a written court report including recommendations and the child’s wishes.
  • Maintain complete records of contacts, hours, and mileage.
  • Attend court hearings.

To be a CASA, you must:

  • Be able to commit to a minimum of 2 years.
  • Willing to donate 8 to 10 hours per month.
  • Be able to commit to training hours as noted above.
  • Be available for court hearings.
  • Be able to maintain objectivity and professionalism dealing with the child and all other parties involved.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Possess a working knowledge of Microsoft Word or other word processing application.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must pass a background check, have a valid driver’s license, valid phone number, and a permanent address.
  • Be able to pay a $5 application fee.

We provide 30 hours of pre-service training and 12 hours of continuing education training annually.

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Child Saving Institute

Human Resources 402-553-6000 ~ humanr@childsaving.org
4545 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68132 ~ www.childsaving.org

Child Saving Institute provides a safe haven and healing for thousands of innocent young victims of family crisis, neglect and abuse. We offer the vital services necessary to make at-risk children safe and fractured families whole through programs such as early childhood education, foster care, adoption, an emergency shelter, parenting classes and therapy.
Our mission is “responding to the cry of a child,” but it is our vision that guides us as we work to give the children we serve safe, happy childhoods

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Heartland Family Service

Emily Dalen ~ 402-552-7418 ~ edalen@heartlandfamilyservice.org
2101 S. 42nd St., Omaha, NE 68105 ~ www.heartlandfamilyservice.org

We are seeking volunteers to assist with clients of all ages. With 50+ programs and 15 locations, our volunteer needs change daily.  Volunteer opportunities are available with Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault, Solomon Girls Center, Senior Center, Community Education, Youth Links, and substance abuse treatment programs.  There is always a need for childcare, office help, and donation sorting. We would love to have individuals or groups participating once or on a continual basis.

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Domestic Abuse

inCOMMON Community Development
JD Senkbile ~ 933-6672 ~ jd@incommoncd.org
Jeff Spiehs ~ 933-6672 ~ jeff@incommoncd.org
1340 Park Ave Omaha, NE 68105 ~ http://incommoncd.org/
The Park Ave Commons is a safe and hospitable place for residents to come together to build community, receive services, and take part in empowerment-based opportunities and trainings. Programming at the Commons include: community-building activities, social services, individual development, and job readiness workshops.
Spanish speaking useful, but not necessary.

Latina Resource Center (Catholic Charities)

see Catholic Charities’ Volunteer Resources

Phoenix House (Catholic Charities, Des Moines Diocese)
Rachel L. Mabrey, Volunteer Coordinator ~ (712) 256-2059 ext. 2 ~ rmabrey@dmdiocese.org
300 W. Broadway, Suite 223, Council Bluffs, IA 51503 ~ www.CatholicCharitiesDM.org

Our Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Program includes an emergency shelter, 24 hour crisis line, legal advocacy, medical advocacy, and educational/support groups. Service opportunities include: crisis line and shelter and court advocates (advocate positions require training). Indirect volunteer opportunities include: childcare, clerical, donation room, general clean-up, front desk/door coverage and court watch.
Spanish speaking recommended, but not necessary.

Women’s Center for Advancement (WCA)
Christine Fallon ~ (402) 345-6555 ~ ChristineF@wcaomaha.org
222 South 29th St, Omaha, NE 68131 ~ www.wcaomaha.org
The Women’s Center for Advancement (formerly the YWCA) needs volunteers for our 24-hour Crisis and Resource Hotline. We receive thousands of calls a year from people in crisis or looking for resources due to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence. Volunteers will receive a 40 hour comprehensive training prior to taking calls. Calls are programmed to volunteers’ personal phones through a central call line, so volunteers can be in the comfort of their home or other location of their choice and be able to assist callers. We are also looking for volunteers to help with a variety of programs in the office which include data entry, filing, light reception, and helping with large mailings.

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