Become a CASA volunteer advocate
CASA volunteers are deeply committed and specially trained to advocate for each child’s best interest and how to get those interests met by the child welfare system. By becoming a CASA volunteer advocate you can help keep abused and neglected children safe, giving them a chance at finding happiness. CASA volunteers bring urgency to a child’s needs, both in and out of the courtroom, and promote safety, permanency and well-being through independent recommendations.
CASA volunteers are individuals from all walks of life who speak up for a child’s best interests in court. You are not a foster parent, you are a voice making a real difference at a critical turning point in the child’s life.
What do CASA volunteer advocates 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, advocating for the child’s needs while in the foster care system. As a volunteer, you commit to represent a child’s best interests until the child reaches a safe, permanent home.
CASA volunteer advocates are literally the “eyes and ears” on a child’s case. CASA volunteers explore all aspects of the child’s live by visiting them at school, talking with their foster families, attending IEPs and ISPs, and speaking with everyone involved in their case. They do this to provide a comprehensive picture of the child’s life to the Judge when their case goes to Court. Finally, CASA volunteer advocates accompanying the child to Court to advocate for their needs and rights.
To become a CASA volunteer advocate means you are...
- Willing to commit several hours of your time per month for at least one year
- Able to effectively communicate orally and in writing
- Willing to participate in an in-depth training program
- Able to pass criminal and DHR history background checks
- Over age 21
READY TO SPEAK UP FOR A CHILD WHO NEEDS YOU?
If you are ready to learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer advocate and get connected with the local CASA program and your community, click the button below.
Nominate a casa Volunteer
Whether or not you decide to take the first step to becoming a CASA volunteer today, you can continue to keep the CASA momentum moving forward in your community by nominating someone else like you! If you know someone who you feel has the heart, strength and compassion to speak up for abused and neglected children, let them know by nominating them today.
To nominate a potential volunteer, click the button below. We’ll send them information on becoming a CASA volunteer and let them know you think so highly of them!