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What is a CASA volunteer?
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer is a trained citizen who is appointed by a judge to represent the best interest of an abused and/or neglected child in court.
What is a CASA volunteer’s role?
A CASA volunteer provides the judge with carefully researched information about the child to help the court make a sound decision about the child’s future. The CASA volunteer makes recommendations about placement to the judge and follows through until the child reaches a safe permanent home. To prepare a recommendation the CASA volunteer talks with the child, parents, family members, social workers, school officials, health providers and others who are knowledgeable about the child and to ensure that the child is getting all the services she needs. The CASA volunteer also reviews all records pertaining to the child—school, medical, caseworker reports and other documents. The CASA stays on the case until it is resolved—12 months or longer in some cases.
How do I sign up?
Easy! Just fill out the application on the Apply Now page! Our fabulous Resource Coordinator will call you with next steps!
How does the CASA volunteer relate to the child that he or she serves?
CASA volunteers offer children trust and advocacy during complex legal proceedings. They explain to the child the events that are happening, the reasons they are in court, the roles of the judge, lawyers and social workers. CASA volunteers also encourage the child to express his or her own opinion and hopes, while remaining objective observers.
How much time each month does it take to volunteer?
Typically, it takes less than 10 hours a month to volunteer.
How long does a CASA volunteer remain on the case?
Ideally the volunteer remains until the case is permanently resolved. CASA volunteers are the consistent person in a foster child’s life. They have numerous case workers and often have multiple placements, their CASA is there for them through all of those changes!
What children are assigned CASA volunteers?
Children who are victims of abuse and neglect who have become wards of the court are assigned CASA volunteers.
What training do volunteers receive?
We have both zoom and in-person training available. Visit our training page to see upcoming class dates!