Volunteer

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What is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)? A trained volunteer, sworn in and appointed to a specific case by a judge. A CASA is the voice and advocate for children who have been abused and neglected. Working in conjunction with case professionals and attorneys, a CASA works as a child advocate volunteer for the best interest of a child.

CASA volunteer experiences include meeting with the child at least monthly and attending regular Child/Family Team meetings with case professionals, parents, and/or foster parents. A CASA will meet with teachers, daycare providers, health providers, and other service providers as needed. At least every six months, a CASA will write a court report with recommendations to the court for the child(ren)’s best interest. A CASA will also attend periodic court hearings.

So how can you start as a child advocate volunteer? Become a CASA by meeting the requirements of the role, completing CASA training and committing ample time.

Our Impact in 2023

603

Statewide Volunteers

1257

Children Served

29331

Donated Hours

3750

Children in Care

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Meet with the child on a consistent basis, a minimum of one time per month.
  • Attend meetings with case professionals, parents and/or foster parents.
  • Establish and maintain contact with schools, therapists, medical professionals, and other professionals involved in the child’s life.
  • Monitor court-ordered services to ensure effectiveness, and advocate for additional services as needed.
  • Document observations, facts, and circumstances of the child’s situation in a written court report including recommendations for placement, services, and permanency.
  • Maintain complete records of contacts, hours, and mileage.
  • Attend court hearings.
  • Complete 33 hours of pre-service training and 3 hours of court observation.
  • Complete 12 hours of continuing education training annually.
  • Able to commit to a minimum of 2 years.
  • Willing to donate 8 to 10 hours per month.
  • Able to commit to training hours as noted above.
  • Attend court hearings or arrange for supervisor attendance.
  • Maintain objectivity and professionalism in dealing with the child and all other parties involved.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must pass a background check, have a valid driver’s license/identification, valid phone number, and have a permanent address.

Are you ready to make a difference?

Make a difference and positively impact children’s lives—start by completing the information below. A CASA team member from your local area will be in touch with you shortly on the next steps to becoming a volunteer. In advance, thank you for your interest.

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