What do CASA Volunteers Do?
A CASA volunteer gets to know the child and gathers information from everyone involved in the child’s daily life, including parents, family members, foster parents, teachers, daycare providers, doctors, lawyers, social workers, and other relevant persons. The volunteer uses the information gathered to report to the judge, advocating for the child’s needs while in foster care until they return home or become part of a new forever family.
Who are CASA Volunteers?
CASA volunteers are individuals from all walks of life who speak up for a child’s best interests in court. You are not a foster parent or caretaker; you are a voice making a real difference at a critical turning point in the child’s life.
To become a CASA means you are:
- Willing to commit at least a year of your time (an average of 10-15 hours per month)
- Able to effectively communicate orally and in writing
- Willing to participate in 30+ hours of in-depth initial training and 12 hours of annual continuing education
- Able to pass criminal and CPS history background checks
- Over age 21