Cristi HeadCristi Head has been involved in the field of violence against women and children for 15 years. While working towards her Law Degree in 2004, Cristi spent 2 months in Cambodia working on anti-predatory sex tourism related to children and minors. She also held the position of Assistant Commonwealths Attorney in Fairfax County handling domestic violence cases.

In November, Cristi joined SCAN as the part-time Volunteer Coordinator and Case Manager for Richmond CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). In her role as Volunteer Coordinator, Cristi recruits CASA Volunteers, helps with trainings, retention, and volunteer recognition. As a Case Manager, Cristi manages two CASA’s, supporting them throughout their cases.

“I was looking to join a non-profit that was well run, established, and gave me the opportunity to learn from those around me,” said Cristi. “SCAN is a productive and positive organization with dedicated staff and volunteers. I enjoy coming to work each day.”

Each Richmond CASA staff member is required to take a case as a CASA. “I just received my case, which I will work on for about a year and a half. I am really excited for this opportunity, because it is so important to understand what our CASA Volunteers experience,” said Cristi.

Richmond CASA currently has 67 CASA Volunteers advocating for children, with 100 children on the waiting list.

“Our most important need right now is more CASA Volunteers,” said Cristi. “The work of a CASA goes right to the heart of our community, to those who need it most.”

Richmond CASA recruits, trains, and supervises competent and dedicated volunteers who advocate for the needs of abused, neglected, and at-risk children in juvenile dependency proceedings. By gathering valuable information to assist the Judge in making decisions about the child’s placement and permanency, CASA volunteers help to reduce the time a child spends in the court system and/or in foster care. Volunteers serve as the voice of children who have been hurt by the people who are supposed to keep them safe.

“Richmond CASA is making a difference. Being a CASA volunteer is an opportunity to change our community in a positive way,” said Cristi. “The work of Richmond CASA provides an advocate for children who need it most.”

 

Richmond CASA is holding the next CASA Volunteer training class beginning February 26, 2016. For more information, click here.

If you have any questions on Richmond CASA, please contact Cristi Head at Cristin.head@richmondgov.com.

 

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