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Become an Advocate

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CASA volunteer advocates come from all walks of life. They are compassionate, caring adults who make sure the child’s needs remain a priority during abuse and neglect proceedings in an over-burdened child protection system.
Volunteers spend time getting to know the child or children they are working with and the important adults in that 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’s future.

What do advocates do?

As a CASA volunteer, you:

  • Spend quality time with the child or children on your case on a monthly basis
  • Speak regularly with parents, relatives, foster parents, social workers, teachers and medical providers
  • Help monitor compliance of court orders and restrictions
  • Keep an eye out for any unmet needs of the child
  • Write a court report for each hearing, giving the judge the information gathered
  • Attend each court hearing and speak to the judge about the child’s needs
  • Stay with the case until the child is in a safe, permanent home or another permanent solution is in place

What is the time commitment?

Volunteers are expected to meet monthly with the children they work with and regularly with parents, foster parents, and important professionals in the child’s life. Every volunteer is different, but an average time commitment is 10-15 hours a month.

What difference do CASA volunteer advocates make?

This is an opportunity that allows you to have a significant impact on a child’s life and and to see that impact firsthand. Children with CASA advocates are shown to spend less time in foster care and perform better in school than children who don’t have a CASA. As a CASA advocate, you are a constant support in a turbulent time in the child’s life when foster parents, judges and social workers can change at any given time. CASA volunteer advocates describe the role as rewarding and life-changing.


“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 Advocate

 

How do I get started?

Apply

The first step to becoming a CASA advocate is submitting an application. If your application is accepted, you will be invited in for an interview conducted by our staff. We will also complete a thorough criminal background check. 

Attend training

All volunteers receive 40 hours of comprehensive pre-service training. The curriculum is designed to inform volunteers about courtroom procedures, the dynamics of abuse and neglect, available services and effective advocacy techniques. Training sessions are held in a variety of locations around the state. Find out when we are training volunteers in your area.

Questions?

Read our Volunteer FAQs here. Or for more information about becoming a CASA volunteer, email us or call 1-800-626-0622.