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 25th 2021- Every Monday and Wednesday for 9 weeks from 5:15 - 6:30 PM
It will be held over Zoom in 1hr 15min sessions twice a week
Summer 2021 - Dates and times TBD
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 give back to the community. After learning more about CASA's mission and meeting the team that runs the Rock County CASA I knew this would be a worthy cause. I was sworn in last September and took on my first case with two kiddos at the end of 2020.
The most rewarding part so far is Being able to help and hopefully make a difference. The kiddos I am serving are adorable and so interacting with them and helping them hopefully have a brighter future has been rewarding. So far, we have mostly just hung out and had a pizza 'party' for some fun. They love to watch TV so there has been some of that as well! The kiddos I am working with are young and so they aren't very verbal but every time I have visited with them they always have a smile on their face and have fun.
Since the case is still new I don't know if I have made a major impact YET but I know in the long run it will. Just being another constant in their life will bring more positivity to it I hope. I hope to help everyone involved with the case to get the services and access they need. I also want to be a resource for them to achieve the goals and make sure the kiddos have a safe and happy environment to grow up in.
*Picture by the Gazette