Advocate Job Description
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
CASA Program Director and/or CASA Advocate Director
CASA Executive Director and Williamson County Juvenile Court Judge
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.