Advocate Job Description

 

Position

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

 

Reports to

CASA Program Director and/or CASA Advocate Director

 

Responsible to

CASA Executive Director and Williamson County Juvenile Court Judge

 

General Requirements

Each CASA must demonstrate the desire, willingness and ability to help a child. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, make at least a two year commitment, complete a 30 hour CASA training course and court observation hours, successfully pass a CASA background screening, receive supervision, work effectively alongside other “system” professionals, and report to the court.

 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Establish a relationship with the child to better understand the child’s needs and desires. Meet withhim/her at least once a month.
  • Support the child throughout court proceedings: explain the court proceedings to the child (if ageappropriate), attend each hearing with or without the child, attend appropriate interagency meetingsregarding the child.
  • Explain the CASA volunteer's role, duties and responsibilities to all parties associated with the case. Review available records regarding the child's family history, school behavior, medical or mentalhealth history, etc.
  • Identify and explore potential resources that will facilitate family preservation, early familyreunification, or alternative permanency planning.
  • Interview all parties involved with the child regarding the child’s circumstances and needs, asdetermined by the CASA plan.
  • Communicate the child’s needs to the court in written reports including concerns andrecommendations.
  • Ensure that the court-ordered plans for the child are being implemented.
  • Communicate and coordinate efforts with the child’s case manager, probation officer, and/orGuardian ad Litem.
  • Comply with the National CASA Association standards.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as determined by the presiding Juvenile Court Judge or Magistrate.