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Our vision is to provide a CASA for every child who needs one, and that means we need more volunteers from our community to advocate for these children.
No special background or education is required to become a CASA volunteer. We encourage people from all cultures and professions, and of all ethnic and educational backgrounds to volunteer.
A Court Appointed Special Advocate, CASA, is a trained volunteer, sworn in as an Officer of the Court and appointed to a specific case by a Judge. A CASA is the voice for abused and neglected children who are in foster care. Working in conjunction with case professionals and attorneys, a CASA advocates for the best interest of a child. A CASA meets with the child at least monthly and attends monthly team meetings with case professionals, parents and/or foster parents. A CASA will meet with teachers, daycare providers, medical and mental 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. A CASA will also attend periodic court hearings.
Essential Volunteer Duties:
- 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 30 hours of pre-service training and 2 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 or peer coordinator attendance.
- Able to 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.
- Possess a working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Email.
- Must have reliable transportation.
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- Must pass a background check, have a valid driver’s license/identification, valid auto insurance (if applicable), valid phone number, and have a permanent address.