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
Karen Foley Stauss
I'm grateful for the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of children in foster care. One of the best things about being a CASA is the ability to focus on a single case at a time which allows us to build relationships with the families and children involved. Assuring kids are safe and that the question of what's best for him/her is being addressed is a responsibility and is also very rewarding.
The feeling that you're making a child's life easier as they traverse the foster care system is wonderful. It's gratifying when I stop being just another adult stranger and become an adult friend in a child's life. I find supporting families in the foster system to be enriching and is, I believe, an effort that is appreciated by all the people involved in a case.
I've been a CASA volunteer for about 2 years. The Pandemic has been very challenging, especially as the 2 great kids I'm currently serving are too young for Zoom or a telephone conversation. But with the good weather, our time together is increasing and I'm looking forward to lots of outdoor fun. I would strongly encourage anyone with a few free hours each week to volunteer with CASA!