SUPPORTING ADVOCATES & SERVING CHILDREN
After completing the application process, volunteers enroll in the Pre-Service Academy, a National CASA program that includes a 30-hour class, court observations, and a supervised home visit. The training uses discussions, speaker presentations, and hands-on activities to help volunteers develop the knowledge and skills to serve as an effective and engaged advocate.
Roles and responsibilities of a CASA volunteer
Program policies and practices
Family court and child welfare systems
Making recommendations to the court
Impacts of substance use, poverty, and violence on the community and children
Identifying the education, social, emotional, and medical needs of children
Understanding different cultural and socio-economic norms
To help volunteer advocates complete at least 12 hours of continuing education annually, CASA offers monthly in-service workshops, support groups and an annual conference. Assistance with the cost of additional continuing education activities (reading relevant materials, conferences and classes, or webinars) is also available to volunteers. For more information on In-Service offerings and schedule, visit ADVOCATE RESOURCES.
Our team of Advocacy Supervisors provide guidance and information to CASA volunteers on their case, help them navigate the court and child welfare systems, and assist volunteers to find community resources for CASA children. Supervisors ensure volunteers are prepared for each court hearing and accompany them to court.
Child and Youth Programs
CASA kids may not have the school supplies or holiday gifts other children receive. So, we ask our donors to help us fill the gap. Supporters donate school supplies and holiday gifts. annually.
A variety of fun, hands on activities for teens & their CASA to build skills and connections, i.e. college or career activities, inter-personal and problem-solving skills, and a network of ongoing support.
Items for volunteers to share or give to CASA children when needed, i.e. toys; personal care items; educational games; "My Stuff" Bags (duffel bags with handmade blankets); & school supplies.