WHAT IS A CASA?
CASA volunteers are ordinary people who are caring, honest, and committed to doing what is best for a child. No special experience or knowledge is required. All volunteers are trained to understand courtroom procedure, social services, the basics of the juvenile justice system, and the special needs of children who have been abused and neglected. CASA welcomes volunteers from all cultures, professions, ethnic, and educational backgrounds. Currently, we have a particular need for bilingual volunteers, male volunteers, and volunteers of color.
HOW DO I LEARN MORE ABOUT VOLUNTEERING?
To learn more about volunteering, give a call or send an email to our Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Parmenter at (502) 595-4911 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS TO BE A CASA VOLUNTEER?
All volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, of good moral character, and committed to serving the best interests of children.
Successfully complete screening (interview and background checks) in order to be accepted into training.
Complete 30-hour training consisting of in-class curriculum, courtroom observation, and an initial home visit.
12 Hours Continuing Education is offered throughout the year.
Each CASA volunteer takes an oath of confidentiality before the family court judge and upon taking on a case must commit to a minimum of one year.
WHEN AND WHERE ARE VOLUNTEER TRAININGS?
Volunteer training sessions take place at the main office in Louisville five times a year. For new volunteer training information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Amanda Parmenter at Amanda@casarr.org or 502-595-4911.
CASA’s physical address is 972 Eastern Parkway. We are located on the Kosair Charities campus, behind the main building. Our office is located in a free standing building and can be accessed from Eastern Parkway or the E. Burnett entrance. Please look for the building with the portico and playground.
BE A VOICE. BE THE DIFFERENCE. BE FOR THE CHILD.
BASIC FUNCTION: A CASA Volunteer is a trained community volunteer appointed by a Family Court Judge to speak for the best interests of an abused and/or neglected child. A CASA works as an official part of the judicial proceedings, working alongside attorneys and social workers. By handling only one case at a time, the CASA has the time to thoroughly explore the history and circumstances of each assigned case.
SUPERVISION: Direct supervision and guidance is provided by the Advocacy Supervisors and the Program Director. These individuals will be available to volunteers to discuss case plans, progress, or problems, as well as provide other information needed by the volunteer to fulfill his/her role as a CASA. Volunteers will periodically ask for feedback regarding supervision and overall satisfaction with the program.
MAJOR DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Meet face-to-face with the child weekly (minimum 2x/month).
Gather information from social workers, relevant adults (parents, family members, school officials, doctors, etc.), records and reports, to gain an extensive understanding of the child’s situation.
Immediately report any incident of suspected child abuse/neglect to the assigned social worker or Child Abuse hotline.
Present findings in a court report reviewed and approved by your Advocacy Supervisor.
Attend court hearings, represent the child’s best interests, monitor the case following court hearing/decision and ensure any court-ordered service are provided.