Volunteer: Be the voice for a child that doesn’t have one! (Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area OPPORTUNITIES)
Almost five hundred Hennepin and Ramsey County children are without a guardian ad litem today – WE NEED VOLUNTEERS. Children need a voice in the system (Speak for a child).
There is no more important volunteer work you can do thank be a friend and advocate for a child in need of protection.
- Last year, volunteer Guardians ad Litem helped over 1000 abused and neglected children in the 2nd and 4th judicial districts find their way to a safe, stable and permanent family.
- Independent research has shown that children with a Guardian ad Litem are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to re-enter care. The need for trained volunteers exceeds the supply, and there is a long and growing list of children waiting for Guardians to be assigned to their cases. CASA MN works to close this gap and provide recruitment assistance.
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With the response to recent reporting of child abuse and child death in MN, a corresponding increase of child abuse cases are entering the system & means that volunteers are badly needed.
Guardians ad litem are appointed by the court to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children during court proceedings.According to federal and Minnesota state law, all children whose parents may have abused or neglected them must have a Guardian ad Litem. When the court is making decisions that will affect a child’s future, the child needs and deserves a spokesperson–an objective adult to provide independent information about the best interests of the child. While other parties in the case are concerned about the child, they also have other interests. The Guardian ad Litem is the only person in the case whose sole concern is the best interests of the child.
There is no more meaningful and rewarding volunteer work to be found. Volunteer: Be the voice for a child that doesn’t have one!