WHO CAN BE A CASA VOLUNTEER?
You do not have to be a lawyer or a social worker to be a volunteer. We are looking for people who truly care about children and who have common sense. As a volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and well supported by professional staff to help you through each case. Qualifications of a CASA Volunteer:
- Must be 21 years of age.
- Must successfully pass screening requirements: Complete volunteer application, personal interview, Child Abuse and Criminal Clearances, National Criminal Database, National Sex Offender Registry check, Social Security number verification and three personal references.
- Successfully complete initial volunteer training (35 hours). And complete 12-hours on-going training annually. Trainings provided by the CASA program.
- Must be able to make an 18 month minimum commitment to a case or until the child has obtained permanency.
- Must be accepted as a volunteer by the program and sworn in by the President Judge.
- Must be able to keep information confidential and to work within established program guideline
WHAT DOES A CASA VOLUNTEER DO?
- Volunteers get to know the child at the request of the court.
- They talk with everyone in that child's life: parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers, and anyone else who plays a role in the child's life.
- They voice what the child needs and wants, and what will be the best permanent home for them.
- They visit with their child once a month to see how they are doing, makes fact-based recommendations to the court on what should happen for that child.
- They stay with a child's case until they have achieved permanency in a safe environment.
OUR DEDICATED CASA VOLUNTEERS
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COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES