Volunteer Information

Fall training begins mid-October. Apply to be a CASA Advocate today!

Why Volunteer?

CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as appointed members of the court. In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks among hundreds of current cases. CASA volunteers change that. Appointed by judges, CASA volunteers typically handle just one case at a time and commit to staying on that case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. While others may come and go, CASA advocates provide that one constant that children need in order to thrive.

Male advocate with pre-teen boy.

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Visit the child
  • Explain the role of a CASA volunteer
  • Gather independent information about the child to make recommendations to the judge in the child’s best interests
  • Interview the parents, guardians or caretakers, social worker and other service providers
  • Review records related to the family
  • Prepare written reports for court hearings
  • Attend and participate in court hearings and other related meetings
  • Keep all records and information confidential
  • Monitor provisions of service plans and court orders
  • Ensure the child’s wishes are known to the judge
  • Advocate for the child throughout the juvenile court proceedings
  • Consult with local CASA program staff for support and guidance
  • Maintain focus on the child until permanency is achieved
  • Complete 12 hours of continuing education per year

Female advocate with girl in court.

Volunteer Qualifications:

  • Age 24 or older
  • Possess emotional maturity, stability and common sense
  • Be objective and flexible
  • Exhibit self-assurance and assertiveness
  • Be able to keep information confidential
  • Be able to work within established guidelines
  • Have the ability to interview, observe, listen and analyze written material
  • Be able to write clearly and concisely
  • Have the ability to make fact-based recommendations
  • Be willing to commit to the program for a minimum of 24 months
  • Be willing to spend approximately 10-15 hours a month fulfilling advocate responsibilities

Becoming a Volunteer

Apply online to become a CASA volunteer
Visit our office and meet with staff
Complete form for background check
Enroll in an upcoming training class
Attend and participate in training (30 hours classroom)
Observe Court

Female advocate with teenage girl.