The CASA Volunteer
CASA Volunteers are men and women who possess a sincere concern for the well-being of children. They are mature adults who have the ability to empathize, to communicate and above all, to be objective and nonjudgmental.
Volunteers come from all walks of life. They have a variety of professional and educational backgrounds. No special experience is required. CASA volunteers devote an average of 10 - 15 hours per month.
An application and interview process is required to become a CASA volunteer. In addition, a mandatory training program must be completed. CASA volunteers must also commit to 12 hours of in-service training annually.
What do CASA Volunteers do?
- CASA volunteers' most important role is to understand the child's world. This is accomplished through reviewing records, interviewing parents, teachers or other professionals who have worked with the child.
- CASA volunteers submit written reports to the court. They work with an attorney to develop a plan for placement, visitation and services for the child and family that best serves the needs of the child.
- CASA volunteers maintain regular contact with the child, families and service providers to assure that the child receives the protection and services ordered by the court.