Most children have at least one adult they can rely on. Someone who is always there to listen, support, and help them navigate the world. For most children, parents fill that role; for others, this person might be a close relative, teacher, or friend. Either way, all children deserve a reliable adult who looks out for their best interest. For many children in foster care, these adults are the very thing that is missing. CASA volunteers come from all different types of backgrounds and step up to help children who have been abused or neglected. Appointed by a judge, these individuals speak up for children and truly impact their lives.
What is a CASA volunteer?
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 volunteers advocate 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 contact with the child, family members, and other interested parties, the CASA volunteer provides critical information to the Judge which results in better and more informed decisions for the child.
How long does a CASA case last?
We ask for a minimum one-year commitment from our CASA volunteers, or until the end of your first case. Each case is unique and varies in length. On average, a CASA is assigned to a case for 18 months.
How much time does it require?
Each case is different. A CASA volunteer usually spends approximately 10-12 hours per month meeting with the children, speaking with others involved, and attending meetings or court hearings. Some volunteer opportunities require volunteer availability at a designated time each week, while other opportunities allow CASA volunteers to schedule their own volunteer times.
How does one qualify to become a CASA volunteer?
- CASA volunteers must be 21 years of age or older
- Willing to commit service for at least one year
- Complete a volunteer application and pre-training interview
- Successfully pass a background check and provide references
- Complete 30 hours of in-depth pre-service training
Volunteers must also:
- Attend an informational session
- Have ability to interview a variety of sources and remain objective in their recommendations
- Effectively communicate orally and in written reports
- Have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection and a current web browser