Volunteer

Volunteer

A volunteer opportunity like no other, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are officers of the court who are empowered to make a lifelong difference in the lives of abused and neglected children in foster care.
The CASA program is built around one child and one compassionate, trained adult advocate for the child. CASA volunteers are amazing forces for good, and we need more of them. Our overall vision is for every child in foster care in our service area to have a CASA volunteer. With your help, we can reach our goal.
Responsibilities of a CASA Volunteer:
  • Visit the child
  • Explain the role of a CASA volunteer
  • Keep the child informed of all aspects of the court proceedings
  • Gather independent information about the child to make recommendations to the judge in the child’s best interests Seek cooperative solutions with other participants in the child’s case
  • Interview the parents, guardians or caretakers, social worker & other service providers
  • Review records related to the family Prepare written reports for court hearings
  • Attend & participate in court hearings & other related meetings
  • Identify potential resources within the family & community to meet the child’s needs
  • Keep all records & information confidential
  • Monitor provisions of service plans & court orders
  • Ensure the child’s wishes are known to the judge
  • Advocate for the child in the community
  • Consult with local CASA program staff for support and guidance
  • Maintain focus on the child until permanency is achieved
CASA volunteers come from all walks of life. Some have years of education and professional experience working with children and families. Some grew up in foster care and felt the sorrow of moving from home to home. Many, however, simply have a desire to help abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes.
Being a CASA volunteer does not require any special background or education -- we will train you and provide ongoing supervision as you advocate for children.
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