A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer is a specially trained citizen who helps children have safe access to their parents and live in safe, nurturing homes. Appointed by a judge, CASA advocates for the best interests of children who have become involved in the court system due to abuse, neglect, custody, or parenting time disputes.
What is the CASA volunteer's role?
The CASA volunteer is a stable, reliable adult who ensures the child’s needs for safety and permanence are met. Through their contact with the child, family members, and other interested parties, the CASA volunteer provides critical information to the Judge that results in better, more informed decisions for the child.
How long does a CASA case last?
CASA asks for a minimum one-year commitment from volunteers. There are volunteer opportunities that vary in length, from 4 months to 3 years.
How much time does it require?
Each case is different. A CASA volunteer usually spends about 10 hours a month meeting with the children, speaking with others involved, and attending meetings or court hearings. Some volunteer opportunities require volunteer availability at a specific time each week, while other opportunities allow CASA volunteers to schedule their own volunteer times.
How does one become a CASA volunteer?
Complete a volunteer application, including background check and references.
Interview with a volunteer coordinator.
Attend one of 3 annual volunteer training sessions. Each session is 30 hours, for 4 1/2 weeks.