Training program

Brightside Child & Family Advocacy is taking applications for the upcoming training program

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Brightside Child & Family Advocacy of Savannah is recruiting and accepting applications for its upcoming six-week training program that begins August 18.

“The training aims to prepare volunteers to become court-appointed special advocates. They will receive all the training they need to better understand the child protection system and juvenile court,” said Kate Blaire, Executive Director of Brightside Child and Family Advocacy.

Kate Blair, executive director of Brightside Child and Family Advocacy. Photo courtesy of Blair.

The training will also include interacting with a group and learning about joint advocacy and court submissions.

“After they complete their training, they take an oath before the judge, and then they’re assigned a case, which is usually a child or a group of foster siblings,” Blair said. “They can then defend them within the system.”

This opportunity is for those who are 21 or older and have a passion for helping the most vulnerable in the community, children who have been abused or neglected and who often do not have stable adults in their lives. Blair shares what she sees as an ideal candidate.

“Someone who not only wants to build a relationship with a child going through this kind of experience at this level of trauma, but someone who is curious and willing to investigate and be able to provide great recommendations so that all of the child’s needs are met, and that child can become permanent, whether they return home, are adopted, or live with relatives.

She continued, “It’s really just that passion for kids and sticking with it. Sometimes children go through trauma, then sometimes they won’t be as responsive and make you feel as good as you want them to be, so just believe that you can stay next to that child and want to be part of their life so that he has someone.

Those interested in training can click or tap here. After an application is submitted, there will be an interview to ensure the candidates are a good fit.

“They can talk with us and figure out if it will work with their life and their schedules. This is not your normal volunteer opportunity,” Blaire said. “It’s 40 hours of training, so it’s a lot more intense than the average volunteer opportunity, so we want to make sure they have the ability and the commitment to serve a child, because we don’t want not that the child is assigned multiple CASA volunteers, we want them to have one while they are in foster care so that no one else comes in and out of their lives.

The training will take place on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Savannah. A location has yet to be determined.

Brightside Child and Family Advocacy provides a wide range of services aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect in Chatham County.