Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is a CASA volunteer?

A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is a trained citizen who is appointed by the Judge to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court.

 

What is a CASA volunteer’s role?

CASA advocates provide the judge with carefully researched information about the child to help the court make a sound decision about that child’s future. They provide written reports to the court and follow through until that child reaches a safe, permanent home.

 

How does a CASA relate to the child?

CASA advocates offer children trust and advocacy during legal proceedings. They encourage the child to express his or her opinions and hopes, while maintaining their own objectivity.

 

How many cases do volunteers carry?

CASA volunteers typically carry one or two cases at a time.

 

How much time does it require?

It typically requires 10-20 hours a month per case until the case is resolved.

 

What kind of training is required?

CASA advocates complete a 30 hour training course and a mandatory court observation. All classes must be completed for a volunteer to graduate and be sworn in by the court as a CASA volunteer. Each volunteer must also complete 12 hours of continuing education every year after his or her first year of service.

 

What kind of person is a CASA volunteer?

CASA volunteers come from all walks of life. Volunteers must be 21 or older, undergo a background check, provide references and take part in a personal interview. Volunteer advocates are patient, open-minded people who have good communication skills, can maintain professionalism and objectivity, have a history of following through on commitments and a willingness to accept guidance. Above all, they care about children.