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Court Appointed Special Advocates and Ventura County District Attorney’s Office Present Advocacy Opportunities in Ventura County
The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office provides services to thousands of victims every year and seeks qualified volunteers to make an important contribution to public safety and crime victims in Ventura County. Volunteer staff complete an initial 40 hours of training, which prepares them to assist victims with certain services, including obtaining domestic violence restraining orders, emergency shelter placement, court accompaniment, applying for state victim compensation benefits, along with providing crisis intervention and resources and referrals to community agencies.
In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children need a stable adult in their lives. CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as court officers to be that reliable adult and advocate for an appointed foster child. CASA Volunteer Advocates typically handle one case at a time; they commit to advocate for the child until he/she is placed in a safe, permanent home. While others may come and go, the CASA Volunteer Advocate provides that one constant adult mentor that children need in order to thrive. Currently there are over 750 children in the Ventura County Dependency Court System who need, want, and are waiting for a CASA Volunteer Advocate.
CASA and the District Attorney’s Office need more volunteers! Please attend a joint Informational Session, hosted by the Ventura Police Department, on Thursday, April 20, to learn about these unique programs, the training, and how you can make a difference in a person’s life in our community.
To reserve your seat, contact Ken at (805) 389-3120 or Ken@casaofventuracounty.org.