CASA of ALLEGHENY COUNTY/ COVID-19 ACTION
Beginning today, Friday, March 13, 2020, CASA of Allegheny County will modify its work practices in response to the spread of COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus. Never before in the history of our agency have we had to take such steps to assure volunteer and child safety. However, given the rapidly evolving public health crisis, and in an effort to limit the spread of the virus, all CASA volunteers are to immediately suspend:
All in-person home visits
All in-person visitation observations and school observations
All in-person Community Meetings, attendance at meetings or staffings
All in-person appearances at court hearings, status conferences or pre-trial meetings
These changes are implemented as of today and will last through the month of March 2020. We will reassess and update on how we will proceed forward on April 1, 2020.
CASA of Allegheny County represents and protects the best interest of children in Allegheny County who are victims of abuse or neglect. CASA staff members and community volunteers are part of a legal process that ensures children are safe.
As a volunteer with CASA, we will ensure that you receive detailed training, which in turn will make an amazing difference in the lives of our children.
Once assigned, you will have the opportunity to interview caseworkers, speak with parents, ensure necessary medical care, look out for educational interests and make recommendations regarding the child/ren.
Most importantly, as a CASA Volunteer you serve as a “constant” for that child to count on during a very tumultuous time. Essentially, you do whatever it takes to ensure that the needs of the child/ren are being met.
The first step in working towards becoming a CASA volunteer is to attend a Community Meeting in our office. During this introductory session, you will learn more about the role of a CASA Volunteer and the impact of our work with abused and neglected children.