The only special background or equipment required is the heart to care for the most vulnerable children in our community and the determination to do something about it.
To become a CASA is to give a child a voice in the courts and a hope for a better outcome to their case. The purpose of a CASA volunteer is to be appointed by the court to advocate for children who come into the court system primarily as a result of alleged abuse or neglect. The CASA’s role is to advocate for the child’s best interests in the court at every stage of the case once appointed by the court. Additionally, the CASA’s roll is to be an individual who respects a child’s inherent right to grow up with dignity in a safe environment that meets that child’s best interests.
To Become a CASA Volunteer means that you are:
- Willing to commit at least one year of your time
- Able to effectively communicate orally and in writing
- Willing to participate in an in-depth training program
- Able to pass criminal and CPS history background checks
- Over age 21
What do CASA volunteers do?
CASA volunteers get to know the child and gather information from everyone involved in the child’s life, including family members, teachers, doctors, lawyers, and social workers.
They use the information they gather to report to the court and to advocate for the child’s needs in the foster care system. CASA volunteers commit to represent and advocate for a child’s best interests until the child finds a safe, permanent home.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions about being a CASA volunteer.
This Video also provides a great overview of what a CASA volunteer does for an abused or neglected child.
Become a Volunteer Advocate
To get started please complete the online application by clicking the link below.