FAQs About Volunteering

Prospective Volunteer FAQs

o What do CASA volunteers do?

§ CASA volunteers serve as a voice for abused and neglected children involved in juvenile court. Volunteers 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. They use the information they gather to inform judges and others of the child's best interests. 

o Who can be a volunteer?

§ You do not have to be a lawyer or social worker to be a volunteer. We welcome people from all walks of life. As a volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and well supported by professional staff to help you through each case. You must pass a background check, participate in a 30 hour pre-service training course and agree to stay with a case until it is closed (a year and a half on average).

o Who are CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Volunteers?

§ CASA volunteers are all ages and from all backgrounds. Some have full-time jobs, some are retired. They all have a passion for being a voice for children. 

o How much time does being a CASA volunteer entail?

§ On average, 6-8 hours a month. This involves visiting the child(ren) at least once a month, attending a monthly team meeting with the parties involved in the case, writing a court report and attending the hearing (usually once every six months), and ongoing monitoring (for example: making phone calls, reading files, meeting with medical professionals or teachers, etc.).