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 spending time with their CASA kiddo(s) once a week. They further get to know the child by talking with everyone who is a part of the 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 backgrounds and experiences. CASA encourages people of color and men to apply. We are simply looking for people who care about the children and future of 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
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.
Upcoming Training Sessions:
Winter 2022: - Classes start February 15, 5:00 - 7:30 PM, and will continue every Monday evening for 9 weeks.
Summer: June of 2022 - Dates and times TBD
Fall: October of 2022 - Dates and times TBD
Retired Journalist and Golf Enthusiast
My wife, Julie, and I often talked about what we could do to help children and young people in difficult circumstances in our community. After my wife died and my subsequent retirement in 2021, I decided the time was right to try and help. I chose CASA because I admire the ground-level work volunteers do to help children during the most difficult periods of their lives.
During my first visit with my CASA kiddo, we played with wooden blocks and Legos. I made up funny voices for the plastic people in our pretend world. I wasn't sure how well we had connected, but when it was time for me to go, he climbed onto my back, wrapped his arms around my neck, and asked me to stay. We've since played at the park, gone sledding, and hung out at his house. Our growing relationship has been the most rewarding part of my work as an advocate.
I would tell anyone considering joining the CASA effort that it is a well-run organization of dedicated staff and volunteers focused on helping children when they need it most. You'll get thorough training and support from smart and caring supervisors. And along the way, you'll make a difference in the lives of children who need help.