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
I became a CASA volunteer because I was looking for a way to be involved with the foster care system and this was an ideal fit - lots of child contact, time flexibility, the potential to form long term relationships, and the possibility of making an impact. I completed my training in May 2021 and was assigned to a case almost right away with 4 children.
I am overwhelmed by how much the parents love their children. They have many struggles to overcome but their love for their children doesn't falter. It's hard not to offer gifts or "help". I'm working on developing a trusting relationship with the family so I try not to ask too many questions and just let them share their stories.
I have visited my CASA kids at their placement, played outside with them in their yard, gone to McDonalds, and several parks with play grounds. The children are young and they see me as a nice lady who takes them to the park. Our relationship isn't very deep but that will come with time. For right now I'm just trying to be a trusted adult who is a stable presence for them.
I think my biggest impact has been with the placement provider. I think (hope) that she knows I strive for what is best for the kids. I'm working on a relationship with the bio parents and hope they come to see me in the same way. I want them to feel supported and so far that has been easy as all parties are working hard and doing what they need to do. If there are setbacks to reunification things might get trickier.
One of the most memorable moments that has happened in my case so far was when I was walking through the park one of the children (age 5) and they silently took my hand to hold. It absolutely melted my heart. It felt like trust.