Become a Court-Appointed Special Advocate
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer is a trained citizen who is appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of abused and neglected kids in juvenile dependency cases. After being appointed by the Circuit Court Judge, a CASA:
- Gathers all pertinent information related to the child’s case;
- Identifies the child’s needs and ensures appropriate services;
- SPEAKS up;
- Makes recommendations to the court judge through written and verbal reports;
- Serves as a consistent and knowledgeable advocate for the child’s placement in a safe, permanent and nurturing home.
CASA’s are community members from varied educational backgrounds, cultures, and life experiences, individuals with a genuine interest in the wellbeing of children. CASA’s can be men and women from all backgrounds over 21 years old, who are willing to complete 30 hours of training plus 12 hours annually of continued education and give approximately 10 hours per month to change the life of a child.