CASA Volunteers are everyday citizens appointed by judges to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who are victims of parental abuse and neglect. They stand up for these children and change their lives. As a CASA Volunteer, you will receive on-going training and support as you serve as a child's advocate. You are not a child's placement, case manager, or caregiver. You are an advocate for their needs and best interest. You will get to know the child, attend meetings, and provide updates to the child's dependency team.
No special background or education is required to become a CASA volunteer. We encourage people from all cultures and professions, and of all ethnic and educational backgrounds. Once accepted into the program, you will receive all necessary training in courtroom procedures, social services, the juvenile justice system and the special needs of abused and neglected children.
- Be 21 years old
- Be willing to complete necessary background checks, provide references and participate in an interview
- Complete a minimum of 30 hours of pre-service training, now offered in-person or virtually.
- Donate approximately 10 hours a month, most of which is based on your schedule and availability.
- Be willing to commit to the CASA program until your first case is closed