Give Back From Home with CASA During National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Updated: Apr 1
Written by Annalisa Ciro
At Hopeloft, we are always searching for innovation in how we serve our community, and we believe that it is vital to serve the children of our community in need of help—especially during times like these. CASA of CGS’s new virtual training, adapted during self-isolation for the safety of ourselves and others, reminds us that we can still give back to our community from home.
CASA of CGS will begin hosting virtual training sessions beginning April 13th, welcoming new volunteer advocates that will act as a child’s voice in court. This virtual training will replace and reinvent their typical quarterly trainings, usually held at Hopeloft, in an effort to continue building relationships, inspiring and empowering others, and giving back to the community from the safety of our homes.
“We decided to hold this virtual training to provide an opportunity for individuals to jump in to help without jeopardizing the health and safety of others,” says Jennifer Henderson, Program Director of CASA of CGS. “This pandemic is scary for everyone, but especially for those who are already part of a vulnerable population.”
Jennifer reminds us that due to the quarantine, CASA children are missing visits with their families, and are not seeing their teachers, counselors, social workers, and advocates—all people who reminded them daily that they are not alone. Taking this into account, the team at CASA of CGS knew that it was vital to continue training virtually in order to equip more advocates with the necessary knowledge and skills to help abused and neglected children in our community during this particularly stressful time.
“I think now more than ever it’s important to offer training,” Jennifer continues. “We are all trying to be responsible and remain at home to protect the health of the people we care about, but, at the same time, we feel completely helpless knowing there are children who are still in need of a caring adult who will advocate for their best interests.
CASA’s virtual training will provide a chance to connect with others who are seeking the same thing—ways to help.”
It is the spirit of Hopeloft to uplift our community and empower others to do the same, no matter the circumstances. We will continue to inspire change in the safest ways possible, and we invite you to join our movement.
If you are interested in helping a child during Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, apply to become a volunteer today; learn more about becoming a CASA Advocate by reading our blog post on their quarterly trainings, browsing their website, or contacting Jennifer Henderson at Jennifer@casaofcgs.org or Julia Frank at Julia@casaofcgs.org for information.