Become a Child Advocate - CASA Volunteer

BECOME A CASA VOLUNTEER

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer

Requirements of becoming a CASA volunteer:

  1. CASA volunteers require no special background, just an interest in helping make a difference in a child’s life.
  2. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age
  3. Volunteers are asked to fill out a written application with three references and come in to the office for an initial interview ,
  4. Volunteers are asked to undergo a background check (Act 33 & 34 Clearances)
  5. Volunteers must complete an initial 30 hours of pre-service training consisting of a wide variety of topics developed by National CASA to help guide the volunteer down the path of the child welfare system, the legal system, and the world of the families and children with whom we work.
  6. CASA volunteers must be COMMITTED . When a case is assigned, volunteers are asked to stay with that case until it is resolved. The time spent on a case may last for one year or longer. The average time spent on each case varies but usually averages out to around 8 – 15 hours per month. Volunteers are assigned to one case at a time.
  7. Volunteers work as a FACT FINDER, an INTERVIEWER, and an INVESTIGATOR . Volunteers gather pertinent information relative to the child’s case and report on these findings in court. Their goal is to gather as much information as possible to help the court make the best decision regarding the child’s future. They also monitor the case to ensure the child’s needs are being met.
  8. The CASA volunteer must possess good COMMUNICATION SKILLS . Volunteers talk to a wide variety of people and are asked to present written reports to the court and speak in the courtroom on behalf of the child’s best interests.

Each volunteer brings his/her own strengths into the program and has the support of the CASA for Kids staff, Board of Trustees, and other volunteers. There is also regularly scheduled continuing education sessions for volunteers* aimed at helping volunteers become the best advocates possible for their child. In addition, there is a resource library available in the CASA for Kids office for volunteers to utilize.

*National CASA requires that all CASA volunteers participate in 12 hours of continuing education annually as a part of their role as a trained CASA volunteer.
Please see our Events and Calendar section for listings of our upcoming CASA training classes.

CLICK HERE FOR A VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM

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