CASA volunteers promote and protect the best interests of children and youth 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 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!