What Do CASAs Do?
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 there community.
As a volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and well supported by CASA staff to help you through each case. Don't worry, you are not alone!
Qualifications & Requirements
Upcoming Training Sessions:
January 2021- Time and Dates TBD
It will be held over Zoom in 1hr 15min sessions twice a week for 9 weeks
Volunteer of the Month
"I was interested in being a CASA volunteer after learning about CASA and the need in Rock County. I completed training in December 2019 and was assigned a child early 2020. The pandemic and 'safer at home' impacted my ability to meet my kiddo outside of Zoom initially and meeting in person will continue to be challenging through the winter months. We have done some outdoor things like a Corn Maze and meeting outside homes. I'm currently looking for any possible outdoor activity we can do together in cold weather until COVID levels are more under control.
My child is in family kinship placement and it is satisfying to see how her extended family has assumed roles in her care. Waiting for actions to be taken by others on her behalf can be frustratingly slow, but my CASA supervisor (Kortney) and staff is always supportive and knows how to steer me in the right direction, and her Social Worker is too. I admire how every entity involved, from CASA to CPS and the Court to schools and families, has transitioned into operating virtually this year as best they can.
My child shows remarkable resiliency and maturity but it's not hard to see below the surface of "it's fine", and CASA gives her a level of care and support outside of extended family that she deserves."
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.