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CASA volunteers are ordinary people who step forward to advocate in New Hampshire’s court system for children who have experienced abuse and neglect. Volunteers spend time getting to know the child or children they are working with and gather information from the important adults in each child’s life so they may make qualified, unbiased recommendations to a judge about what they believe to be in the best interests of the child.
What Our Volunteers Do
“I became a CASA volunteer thinking I would change the life of a child or two, and I know that I have. What I never expected was how much they would change mine.” — A CASA Volunteer Advocate
Our volunteers help change a child’s story from one of abuse or neglect, to stability and security. Volunteers:
- Spend quality time getting to know the child on their case
- Speak regularly with parents, relatives, foster parents, social workers, teachers and medical providers
- Identify any unmet needs of the child and determine solutions with child’s support team
- Write a court reports, attend court hearings and speak to the judge about the child’s progress
Volunteers spend about 10-15 hours a month on their case, with more time spent in the first 90 days of the case assignment. They stay with the case until the child is in a safe, permanent home or another permanent solution is in place.
Six Steps to Becoming a CASA Volunteer Advocate
CASA volunteers must apply before they can participate in training. Complete your application today!
This interview allows us to learn more about each other. All interviews are currently being held via Zoom.
All volunteers receive 40 hours of comprehensive pre-service training (presented virtually during COVID).
After your training, you will be assigned a Program Manager who will help you throughout your CASA service.
You’ve completed training and passed the required background checks. Now you’re ready to change a child’s story!
Meet Our Recruitment & Program Directors
If you decide to apply to become a CASA advocate, your first conversation will be with Diane. Diane loves answering questions and getting to know potential advocates throughout the application process. Outside of work, Diane enjoys creative pursuits in her studio or trying out new recipes.
Jonelle is energized by her job working with CASAs on cases throughout the state. “Our remarkable advocates are so inspiring,” she says. When not working, Jonelle relishes time with her husband, two children, and yellow lab.
Bernadette works closely with and coaches our Program Managers, often bringing her troubleshooting skills to complicated cases to help find solutions in the best interests of the child. In her spare time, Bernadette is a voracious reader and enjoys cooking and baking.
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