Volunteer

What Do CASAs Do?

CASA volunteers support children and families involved in the child welfare system, increase the well-being of the children, and are of, and for, the communities we serve. 

Volunteers get to know the child by going on visits with their CASA kiddo(s) once a week. They further get to know the child by talking with everyone in that child's life: parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers, and others. Volunteers also have constant communication with their supervisors to assist them with their case.

 

They use the information they gather to inform the Court of what the child needs, wants, and their best interests for them at that time.

Who Can Be a CASA?

You do not have to be a lawyer or social worker to be a volunteer.  We welcome people from all walks of life. We are simply looking for people who care about children and helping their community.  

 

As a volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and well supported by CASA professionals to help you through each case. Don't worry, you are not alone!

Qualifications & Requirements

Upcoming Training Sessions:

Summer 2021 - Starts June 15th from 5:30 - 8 PM and will continue every Tuesday for 9 weeks (skipping the week of July 6th)

Fall 2021 - Dates and times TBD

1. Must be 21 years of age or older.

2. Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

3. Must pass all screening procedures including, but not limited to: a written application, personal interview, reference and criminal records checks.

4. Must have sufficient time available and be able to commit to a minimum of one year of service.

5. Must complete 30 hours of initial volunteer training.

6. Must demonstrate a primary commitment to the best interest of children.

7. Follow guidelines established by the National CASA Association.

Volunteer of the Month

Lacey Sonntag

I wanted to become a CASA advocate after staying home with my kids for a few years and missing my previous job in Child Protective Services. I wanted to be involved in the community and assist other kiddos in a hands on manner. I have been a volunteer since the end of 2018. In that time I have worked with three different families and a total of 11 kiddos. Developing relationships with the kids and their families has been the most rewarding. Being apart of encouraging the family and reminding them of the growth and progress they have made that they may overlook or dismiss has also been rewarding.

 

The pandemic has definitely added struggles and adjustments in the past year. Limited options for visits and connecting with the kids has needed some problem solving and creative thinking. Most recently my visits with my kiddos include going to different parks or playgrounds, taking part in some of the great outdoor activities throughout Janesville (leprechaun hunts, story walks, etc) and outdoor scavenger hunts.

 

I think I have become a positive support person in the lives the kids I am working with. Seeing my kids each week, especially when they are excited to see me or tell me about their week has been reassuring of this. I'd like to believe I have become a sounding board for other family members, someone who they know they can reach out to with struggles, things they are trying to problem solve as well as when something great happens within the family.  It is not uncommon when on visits with my kids that someone else refers to me as my CASA kid's mom, to which my CASA kids are quick to state "shes's not my mom, she my friend!" That always brings a smile to my face and reminds me of the importance my relationship is with these kids. 

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