Volunteering

Volunteering Specifics

What is required to be a CASA volunteer?
What time commitment is required?

The CASA Role … … To be the voice of a youth in foster care

  • Act as a consistent and supportive advocate for a child.
  • Visit the child on a regular basis. (Weekly for children placed in county; every 2-3 weeks for children placed out of county.)
  • Establish a relationship to better understand the youth’s needs and desires.
  • Review records regarding family, academic, and medical history, and recommend additional support services to the court as needed.
  • Identify and explore potential resources that will facilitate permanency.
  • Submit monthly logs, maintain regular contact with your case supervisor, and complete twice annual case plans.
  • Communicate the child’s needs, strengths and interests in written court reports, at minimum twice annually. Support child throughout the court proceedings.
  • Ensure that the court-approved plans for the youth are being implemented.
  • Communicate and coordinate efforts with the youth’s social worker, attorney, and other professionals involved with the case.
  • Commit to advocating for the youth for a minimum of 18 months, regardless of how the placement may change during this time.

What is required to be a CASA volunteer?

  •  Is 21 years of age or older.
  • Works with children, parents, family members, and professionals using concern, tact, and compassion.
  • Respects and relates to people from various  backgrounds including economic, cultural, sexual orientation and educational, in a variety of settings.
  • Maintains professional boundaries and confidentiality.
  • Gathers and accurately records factual information and maintains objectivity.
  • Has technology skills including: Word/Excel/Google docs or equivalent, email, and internet searches.
  • Keeps in regular contact with the case supervisor.
  • Is aware of personal value system and cultural bias.
  • Receives supervision and support from CASA staff.

What time commitment is required?

  • All interested applicants must attend a 45-minute information session.
  • 48 hour training program:
    • Classroom Instruction:  Every Tues & Thurs: 6-9 pm,  9/23/2014 thru 11/6/2014
    • Online: Mandated Reporter, Fostering Futures
    • Community: Agency Visit (arranged)
    • Court Observation (daytime during the week)
  • Minimum of 18 months advocacy.
  • Average 3-4 hours per week on case.
  • Attend twice annual court hearings.
  • 12 hours of annual Continuing Education.

Becoming An Advocate

  1. Attend an information session
  2. Submit an application online
  3. In-person screening interview
  4. Background check
  5. Personal and professional references
  6. In-training screening clearance

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