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The Need for Volunteers
The Atlantic Area CASA program offers a volunteer opportunity like no other. As officers of the court, CASA volunteers, also known in some areas as volunteer guardians ad litem (GALs), are empowered to make a lifelong difference in the lives of abused and neglected children.
 
Last year, our 59,000+ CASA and GAL volunteers, across the U.S, advocated for 243,000 children—an impressive number yet just half of the children in the child welfare system at any given time. Our volunteers are an amazing force for good, but we need more of them. Our vision is that every child who needs a volunteer will have one. With your help, we can reach that goal.
 

People who give their time to CASA advocacy come from many different places. Some have years of education and professional experience working for children and families. Some have themselves grown up in the foster care system and felt the sorrow of having to move from home to home.

Being a CASA volunteer does not require any special education or background, simply the desire to help abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes.

So what does it take to become a CASA volunteer?

  • The first step: Every volunteer passes a background check and participates in a 30-hour training course.
  • After successfully completing the training, the volunteer is assigned his first case. A volunteer’s average time commitment to a case is approximately 10 hours per month.
  • Volunteer advocates are asked to dedicate themselves to a case until it is closed. The average case lasts about a year and a half.
  • Advocates are supervised every step of the way and always have resources readily available.
For more information on volunteering, please email:
 
Download your volunteer application at the link below.