What is a CASA Volunteer?
A Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA volunteer, is a court-appointed, trained, and committed adult who represents and advocates for a child’s best interest in the child protection system. By becoming a CASA volunteer, you can help keep abused and neglected children safe, giving them a chance at finding happiness.
What does a CASA Volunteer Do?
CASA volunteers get to know the child and gather information from everyone involved in his or her daily life, including family members, foster parents, teachers, daycare providers, doctors, lawyers, social workers and other relevant persons. You spend a significant amount of time with the child, gaining his or her trust.
CASA volunteers use the information gathered to report to the judge overhearing the child’s case, advocating for their needs while placed in the foster care system. As a volunteer, you commit to representing a child’s best interests until the child reaches a safe, permanent home.
What Are The Requirements?
In addition to caring about the well-being of children:
- CASA Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age;
- Pass a background screening;
- Complete 30 hours of training;
- Be able to commit to a child until their case has closed, or for at least one year;
- Be able to volunteer a minimum of 7-12 hours per month.