“The lawyers know the statutes; the social workers the regulations. But the CASA volunteer is assigned to know the child, one child at a time.” Anna Quindlen, author
A CASA volunteer is trained, appointed by the court, and committed to ensuring each individual child’s needs remain a priority in an over-burdened child welfare system. When a CASA is given a child’s case, they are also given unprecedented authority and responsibility to investigate. They can talk to a child’s parents, teachers, doctors and therapists. They need to consider what is best for the child, investigate facts of the case, and accurately communicate the child’s situation to the judge.
CASA advocates have sharp minds, even temperaments, are tireless investigators, and compassionate advocates for the best interests of a child.
We are always in need of volunteers who want to make a lasting difference in the lives of children. It is important, challenging work. For this reason, we take some time to get to know potential volunteers, and for them to evaluate the program. If you are interested, please contact us. We’ll be glad to explain the role of a CASA and discuss our training program.
Steps to becoming a CASA:
- Chat with program staff about CASA work
- Complete the application and authorize a criminal background check
- Submit authorization for child welfare history check
- Come in for formal interview
- Complete 35 hours of initial or pre-service training and court observation (cohorts beginning in September and April of each year)
You must complete all steps above before being sworn in as an active CASA volunteer. You may be screened out at any point prior to swearing in. The pre-service training will familiarize you with the needs of children who have been abused or neglected, the CASA’s role and the court and child welfare systems.
To begin the process of becoming a CASA, please contact us by email or phone, or, if you’re ready, email your completed application! You’ll be on your way to making a difference in the life of a child!