Becoming a CASA Volunteer
A Court Appointed Special Advocate, CASA, is a trained volunteer, sworn in and appointed to a specific case by a Judge. A CASA is the voice for abused and neglected children. Working in conjunction with case professionals and attorneys, a CASA advocates for the best interest of a child. A CASA meets with the child at least monthly and attends regular Child/Family Team meetings with case professionals, parents, and/or foster parents. A CASA will meet with teachers, daycare providers, medical and mental health providers, and other service providers as needed. At least every six months, a CASA will write a court report with recommendations to the court for the child(ren)'s best interest. A CASA will also attend periodic court hearings.
Essential Volunteer Duties
• Meet with the child on a consistent basis, a minimum of one time per month.
• Attend meetings with case professionals, parents and/or foster parents.
• Establish and maintain contact with schools, therapists, medical professionals, and other professionals involved in the child’s life.
• Monitor court-ordered services to ensure effectiveness, and advocate for additional services as needed.
• Document observations, facts, and circumstances of the child’s situation in a written court report including recommendations for placement, services, and permanency.
• Maintain complete records of contacts, hours, and mileage.
• Attend court hearings.
• Complete 33 hours of pre-service training and 3 hours of court observation.
• Complete 12 hours of continuing education training annually.
• Able to commit to a minimum of 2 years.
• Willing to donate 8 to 10 hours per month.
• Able to commit to training hours as noted above.
• Attend court hearings or arrange for supervisor attendance.
• Able to maintain objectivity and professionalism in dealing with the child and all other parties involved.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality.
• Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Must be at least 21 years of age.
• Must pass a background check, have a valid driver’s license/identification, valid phone number, and have a permanent address.
Are you ready to make a difference?
Please complete the information below. A CASA team member from your local area will be in touch with you shortly on the next steps to becoming a volunteer. In advance, thank you for your interest.