To learn more about volunteering, give a call or send an email to our Advocacy Director, Shari Christoff (502) 595-4911 at Shari@casarr.org!
BE A VOICE. BE THE DIFFERENCE.
BECOME A CASA.
CASA Volunteer Advocates are community members from every background who are trained to recognize and understand the educational, social-emotional, and physical needs of abused and neglected children and to advocate for the children in court. By handling only one case at a time, the CASA has the time to thoroughly explore the history and circumstances of each child.
Appointed by a Family Court judge, CASA volunteers:
Get to know the child by meeting with them at least once a week;
Identify the child’s needs by gathering information from teachers, parents, service providers and other persons of support;
Report their observations and recommendations to the Judge in every court hearing involving the child;
Work alongside attorneys and social workers as an official of the judicial proceedings to advocate for the best interest of the child;
Remain a consistent adult in the life of the child throughout their journey in family court;
Ensure children are in a safe home, receive proper medical care and have receive the support needed to be successful in school.
Children with a CASA receive more court-ordered services, spend less time in out-of-home care and are more likely to succeed in school.
Training and Support
No special experience or degree is required to become a CASA. All volunteers are trained in courtroom procedures, the child welfare system, community resources, and the special needs of children who have been abused and neglected.
CASA volunteers work under the direct supervision of a CASA Advocacy Supervisor to further the child’s welfare, to expedite the case through the system, and to be a source of support for the child. The CASA’s Advocacy Supervisor accompanies the volunteer to every court hearing. More information on training.
Volunteer Application Process
CASA welcomes volunteers from all cultures, professions, ethnic, and educational backgrounds. To become a CASA Volunteer Advocate, applicants will:
Meet minimum requirements (21 years of age and pass an extensive background check).
Complete 30 hours of Pre-Service training.
Be sworn in by the Judge and abide by the Oath of Confidentiality.
Make a 12-month minimum commitment to the program.
Participate in ongoing training, a minimum of 12 hours annually.
Agree to adhere to all policies and procedures of the program, the courts and related entities.
To learn more about volunteering, give a call or send an email to our Advocacy Director, Shari Christoff (502) 595-4911 at Shari@casarr.org.