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

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 January 31, 5:30 - 8 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

Volunteer Spotlight
Michelle Johnston

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I have been a CASA since my training completion in spring of 2021. I remember being a child taken from a parent struggling with substance abuse and how confusing things were. I wanted to make a difference and advocate for kids like myself but didn't know how. I was so nervous about working with kids and thought I would be overwhelmed. I was so wrong! I'm working with three kids and I am so excited when it's time to see them. They make me feel like a kid again. I hope more volunteers join us at CASA!! It is so rewarding to grow connections with parents and their kids.

 

My favorite memory so far was when I asked one of the kids about school. She must have been annoyed with all my questions because she rolled her eyes and said, "Okay, we can stop these questions. Let's just go play now." Kids truly say the funniest things!

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