CASA® Volunteers are the child's voice in court and advocate for their best interest, making perhaps the single greatest difference in the life of these abused, neglected and abandoned children. CASA® volunteers are the eyes, ears and sometimes the arms of the court. The results are dramatic. Studies show that when a child has a CASA® volunteer they are more likely to be adopted, rather than languish in long-term foster care. They are also more likely to receive needed services, such as therapy, health care and education.

What exactly does a volunteer do?
CASA® volunteers are assigned to an abuse or neglect case by a judge. They conduct thorough research on the background of the case, reviewing documents, interviewing everyone involved, including the child. They make reports to the court, recommending what they believe is best for the child, providing the judge with information that will help her make an informed decision. CASA® volunteers can be instrumental in assuring that a child or family receives services which the court has ordered - things like substance abuse counseling or special education testing. During the life of a case, a CASA® volunteer monitors the child's situation to make sure he remains safe. CASA® volunteers may be the only constant the child knows as she moves through the labyrinth of the child welfare system.

What kind of people serve as CASA® volunteers?
People just like you. Being a CASA® volunteer requires no advanced educational degree or legal experience. But it does require special people over the age of 21 with:

  • A concern for children and the genuine desire to help
  • The ability to remain objective and the maturity to deal with emotional situations
  • Sensitivity to cultural and ethnic differences
  • The commitment to complete a 32-hour training course
  • Access to transportation and a schedule flexible enough to attend periodic court sessions
  • A willingness to devote approximately one year to complete an assigned case
  • Able to complete and pass a criminal and child abuse history records check

    Are there easier volunteer opportunities in our community? Certainly.
    But none more vital to the life of an abused or neglected child.

    Click here for more information about becoming a CASA

    Click here to request a Volunteer Packet
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    Volunteer Application
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    Criminal Background Form

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