CASA Advocate Volunteer

Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate
CASA Volunteer
(Court Appointed Special Advocate)

This volunteer role is the heart of our mission. These Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA Volunteers, are trained to fulfill this important role and are then assigned one case which involves one family. These volunteers work as fact-finders by developing a relationship with the child, their family and others who touch their lives. Volunteers write reports for the judge prior to a hearing, working as that extra set of "eyes and ears" to provide the judge with as much information as possible prior to the judge rendering a decision.

Please see our Calendar section for dates of CASA training classes.

To become a CASA Advocate volunteer you should:
  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Fill out an application form and provide four non-family references.
  • Have an initial interview at the CASA office in Washington, PA.
  • Undergo a background check (Acts 33, 34, & 73 Clearances).
  • Complete a 30 hour pre-service training program.
  • Participate in 12 hours of continuing education each year.
  • Have an interest in helping to make a difference in a child's life.
  • Be willing to commit time to stay with the case until it is resolved.
CASA Advocate volunteers:
  • Require no special background or education. 
  • Work as a fact finder, an interviewer, and an investigator.  
  • Gather pertinent information relative to the child's case and report on these finding 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.
  • 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.
  • Are assigned one case at a time.  The average time spent on each case varies, but usually averages out to 5 - 15 hours per month depending on the number of children in the family and the current issues.
    
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