Tribal Court Volunteer - Court Appointed Special Advocate

Grand Ronde, Oregon
Tribal Court
02-12-2021
Tribal Court
Depends on Experience 
Volunteer
As Needed
03/11/2021

Job Summary:

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are trained volunteers appointed by the Tribal Court to advocate for the best interests of children who are wards of the Tribal Court. CASAs are a part of the judicial proceedings and represent to the Court the child's best interests.

Essential Functions:

? Complete an extensive independent review of the case by speaking with the child and all relevant adults, review the case file, reports, records etc., and observe the child and significant others.

? Have regular and sufficient in-person contact with the child to ensure in-depth knowledge of the case and make fact-based recommendations to the Court; a minimum of once-a-month, for at least an hour each month.

? Prepares and files a report to the Court with all relevant facts and necessary recommendations for specific appropriate services for the child and when appropriate, the child's family.

? Attends Court hearings concerning the child and advocate for the child's best interests and provide testimony when necessary.

? Inform the Court promptly of important developments in the case.

? Advocate for the child's best interest in the community by meeting with mental health, educational and other community systems to ensure that the child's needs in these areas are met.

? Seek cooperative solutions by acting as a facilitator among parties.

? Monitor implementation of service plans and court orders to ensure that court-ordered services are implemented in a timely manner.

? Work to create a positive relationship between the child and the Tribe.

? Monitor the child's cultural, physical, emotional and mental well-being and report to the Court and all relevant adults, any additional services needed to assist in the overall well-being of the child.

? Participate in all scheduled case conferences with Tribal Court Program Coordinator.

? Participate in in-service trainings and comply with all training requirements.

? Maintain complete records about the case, including appointments, interviews and information gathered about the child and the child's life circumstances.

? Maintains the confidentiality of the case and all involved and return case files to program at the close of a case.

Qualifications, Registrations, and Certifications:

? Must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.

? Must successfully complete an application and screening process that includes reference checks, background investigation (including fingerprinting), and interview.

? Must complete a background investigation which includes a social security number verification, Federal and State criminal background investigation, National Sex Offender Registry, and child abuse registry.

? Must complete forty (40) hours of initial training and twelve (12) hours of training every year thereafter.

Disclaimer:

The individual must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing a significant safety threat to self or others. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.