WHY BECOME A CASA VOLUNTEER?
As CASA volunteer you are a mentor and advocate for an abused and neglected child who has been placed in foster care. During a period of uncertainty and change, you, a CASA volunteer may be the only a consistent and caring adult.
WHAT DO CASA VOLUNTEERS DO?
After careful screening and training, CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. CASA volunteers devote their attention to one child, spending time with them weekly, closely monitoring their situation and ensuring their needs are met. CASA volunteers provide companionship and consistency, while getting to know the child and encouraging special interests. Volunteers remain with their child until the case is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many foster children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives - the one person who is not paid to oversee their welfare.
WHO CAN BE A CASA VOLUNTEERS?
CASA volunteers are adults 21 years of age or older who come from all walks of life. They are community members who care about children and who form a personal connection, a connection that for many is life changing.
WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT?
Too many people come in and out of these children’s lives. We expect our CASA volunteers to remain with a child for 18 months unless the case closes before that time. Volunteers are to visit their child weekly. On average, CASA volunteers spend 10 hours a month with or on behalf of their foster child.
HOW TO BECOME A CASA VOLUNTEER:
The first step to becoming a CASA volunteer is to attend an Orientation, which you can register for using our online form.
After Orientation, you complete an application and schedule a screening interview with a CASA staff member. If after the interview we determine a mutual fit, you will be invited to begin training.
Training is held in our offices, from 6-9pm, two nights a week over a five week period.
During training, you will receive a comprehensive overview of the Child Welfare System and learn how to be a successful advocate for a foster child.
Graduation! You are sworn in as an Officer of the Court.