To become a CASA, you will be interviewed and undergo a background check. You will complete 35 hours of training and be sworn in by a judge. Training sessions are held annually, based on existing need. Once trained and accepted to the program, volunteer advocates are assigned to monitor a child's case throughout its duration. Advocates are asked to make a minimum 18-month commitment to the program, but staying with the case until it closes is ideal. Many times the CASA is the only constant in the child's life during this traumatic time.
As a CASA volunteer, you will form a unique relationship with your assigned child and will become the best equipped person in your child's life to know what your child needs. You will review records, research information as well as talk to the foster parents, case workers and others involved in all aspects of the child's life. It is also very important to appear in court on the scheduled court dates. Utilizing the information captured, the advocate then writes a report and submits it for the judge's review. The judge uses the report to help her or him make decisions about the child's placement and treatment needs
"Friends of CASA" is a volunteer group that helps with fundraising and special projects. Friends are currently involved in various projects such as participating on event committees, developing community contacts, speaking to service organizations and assisting staff with any variety of projects. Friends are not required to make a regular commitment. If you are busy, yet would still like to be involved with CASA, consider becoming a Friend.