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.
CASA volunteers support children and families involved in the child welfare system across Rock County.
Volunteers get to know the child by spending time with them weekly, talking with everyone who is a part of their life: birth family, foster family, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers, and others. Volunteers also have regular communication with their supervisors.
Advocates use the information they gather to inform the Court of what the child needs, wants, and their best interests at that time. 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!
Upcoming Training Sessions
Begins the week of October 4
Location: Rock County Courthouse
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.