It takes all of us, everyday people, to stand up and commit to making a meaningful difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. And it starts very simply with one volunteer at a time.
As a CASA volunteer, you will receive official training to get you familiar with the court and child welfare systems. You will learn of other important aspects of casework including child development, interviewing techniques, and cultural competency. You’ll also be given the tools and personal support you need to aide your search for information about a child, and to achieve an objective viewpoint of his/her welfare. You’ll review the case to become familiar with the background, gather new data, and then develop a report with your recommendation that is shared in the courtroom, written or verbally. This report becomes one of several important pieces a judge considers when making his/her ruling on behalf of the child.
How do I 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
What training and support will I receive?
CASA advocates receive 30 hours of training before they are assigned a case. The training program used by CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties is National CASA’s Flex Learning: Volunteer Training Curriculum. This curriculum takes a blended approach to training combining in-person and online delivery of information. The training occurs in five sessions. Each session contains approximately 3 hours of self-guided work that participants complete online before attending a 3-hour in-person classroom session. Pre-service training provides an overview of courtroom procedure from judges, attorneys and social workers. CASA volunteers are also educated on specific topics that range from symptoms and effects of abuse and neglect to early childhood development and cultural diversity. All volunteers are supported by a CASA Program Coordinator, a professional staff member who will communicate with you regularly, help guide your casework and provide community resources.
When is the next training session?
TBD - email Courtney Mead, Volunteer Coordinator, at 913.715.4044 or firstname.lastname@example.org to receive up-to-date information.
Where are trainings held?
All trainings are now held virtually.
With any additional questions on becoming a CASA volunteer, please contact Courtney Mead, Volunteer Coordinator, at 913.715.4044 or email@example.com.