Spring Advocate Training

Wednesdays, May 8 – June 12 | 5-8 PM | CASA Office

Stay tuned for the schedule of our Fall 2024 Advocate Training!

Apply today to start the process.

Why Volunteer?

CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as appointed members of the court. In an overburdened social welfare system, children who have experienced abuse and neglect often slip through the cracks among hundreds of current cases. CASA advocates change that. Appointed by judges, CASA advocates typically handle just one sibling group at a time and commit to staying on that case until the children are 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.

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Visit the child regularly, at least once per month, and advocate for the child throughout the juvenile court process
  • Gather information about the child by reviewing case records, observing parent/child visits and speaking with all parties involved, such as parents, foster parents, case workers and service providers
  • Monitor the case and consult with your CAS Advocate Supervisor for support and guidance
  • Prepare written court reports and attend court hearings
  • Make recommendations on the behalf of the child’s best interests
  • Ensure the child’s wishes are known to the judge
  • Keep all records and information confidential
  • Complete 12 hours of continuing education per year
Male advocate with pre-teen boy.

Female advocate with girl in court.

Volunteer Qualifications:

  • Age 24 or older
  • Possess emotional maturity, stability and common sense
  • 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
  • Be able to write clearly and concisely
  • Be objective and able to make fact-based recommendations
  • Be willing to spend approximately 10 hours a month fulfilling advocate responsibilities

Becoming a Volunteer

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

Female advocate with teenage girl.