Category Archives: Richland County CASA

Congratulations

to out newest guardians ad litem. They have received their training from Richland County CASA and are ready to start advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. This is not a volunteer opportunity for everyone and that is ok but for those who are able to help in this way, our hats and hearts go out to them.  Please let them know how much you appreciate their dedication

John “JB” Bryant.     Violet Carr.  Molly Sue Harma.     Haley Kiser.   Christiana Olbrych

Danielle Cassells      Darcy Compton.     Megan Hobbs.    Jillian Lesley    Nicole Pares

These new volunteers were sworn in by the Honorable Rosalyn Frierson.  Judge Frierson is also a member of the Pro Bono Program Advisory Council.

Become a Guardian ad litem in 2020

Good news! Richland County CASA will be presenting the training to become a volunteer guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children at the Law School in Jan. 2020

The dates are Jan 14, 15, 16, 21 , 22 and 23   5:30-7:30

what do you have to do?

  1. Determine that you have interest
  2. Submit an online application at: https://www.rccasa.org
  3. Attend all trainings
  4. Complete a Pro Bono Program Enrollment form https://probono.scschooloflaw.org/forms/volunteer-enrollment-form/
  5. Agree to record your hours at M.Y. Pro Bono! https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/law/internal/department/pro_bono/my_pro_bono.php

Have questions or concerns? Contact the Pro Bono Director today!  We can help support you.

Richland County CASA Training Dates- Fall 2019

If you have put off becoming a volunteer guardian ad litem for an abused and neglected child, this Fall might be the right time to do the right thing.  Richland County CASA has set up a series of trainings for Fall 2019.  You must attend all 8 of the sessions, which are offered from either 3-5 pm or 6-8pm. You can choose what works for you. The sessions are scheduled in Sept., Oct and Nov. so there are plenty of options.

In addition you must complete an online application.  To enroll or for more information contact the Pro Bono Program and we will send you all the details.

 

Protecting children

The best way to advocate for abused and neglected children is to become a volunteer guardian ad litem! Richland County CASA ( Court Appointed Special Advocates) is our local organization that manages all of the volunteer GAL’s in Richland County.

To become a GAL you must complete an application and other forms, attend a hearing and participate in a series of trainings.  The good news is that we have made the training easy for law students.  It is in our building! Room 395 on Jan. 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31 from 6-8:30

Even easier the application packet is available online here! https://sc-richland.evintosolutions.com/VolunteerApplication

This is one of best and most direct pro bono opportunities you can have while in Law School.  You will be appointed by a Family Court Judge to investigate, advocate and monitor a case. Family Court judges depend on the words and actions of the guardians. Often they are the only people following the law and visiting the child. For older children the GAL is often their voice.

Don’t hesitate to come by and talk about any issues or questions you may have.  If you miss this opportunity to volunteer it may not come around again until next Sept.