At Children's Voice: CASA, Inc., we recruit, screen, train and support amazing Everyday Heroes, our CASA volunteers. We work tirelessly to raise awareness and help children in foster care find their forever homes.
CASA volunteers promote and protect the best interests of children, who have been abused and neglected, in court dependency proceedings, the child welfare system and the community.
What You Need to Know:
CASA volunteers are ordinary citizens with extraordinary hearts.
- Volunteers are screened closely for objectivity, competence and commitment.
- Volunteers are provided with all the necessary training and training materials.
- No special or legal background required.
- Outside speakers as well as staff and volunteers work together to make our training sessions educational, interesting, interactive and practical.
- To be 21 years of age or older
- Successful completion of the 30 hour training program
- Successful completion of 10 hours of court observation
- To undergo local and federal criminal background checks
- To complete an in-person personal interview with CASA staff
- To commit to the program for the duration of your case
- Complete 12 hours of in-service training each year
- Written and verbal communication skills
- Access to reliable transportation and a computer
- Maintain the desire and heart to advocate for the best interests of children that have experienced abuse or neglect
CASA Volunteer Duties:
- To successfully complete the requirements of the CASA training program and screening process
- To gather information in order to establish the facts and circumstances of the child's situation
- To actively pursue a safe, permanent placement for the child
- To maintain strict confidentiality with all information related to the child and their families
- To visit the child at least once a month
- To ensure the child's best interests don't get overlooked while in foster care
- To provide written reports of findings and recommendations to CASA staff prior to court hearings
- To communicate regularly with CASA staff about the case and the advocacy steps taken to ensure the best interests of the child are represented in court
- To maintain a focus on each case until permanency is achieved, assessing the progress of the case, advocating for a permanent solution and reporting problems or noncompliance to the court
- To maintain genuine care and concern for the best interests of the child
Download this helpful flyer to learn more about being a CASA Volunteer!