CASA of Rochester/Monroe County, Inc. trains and supervises a diverse group of volunteers to advocate for children who have been abused and/or neglected. These children are at risk of being removed, or have been removed, from their homes.
Once trained, CASA volunteers meet and talk to the different people involved in the case to which they are assigned. For example, a volunteer may not only talk to a child, but also to biological parents, foster parents, relative resources, caseworkers, attorneys, doctors, therapists, and teachers. The volunteers gather factual information and bring the information back to the Family Court Judge. It is hoped that with more information in hand, the judge can make a more informed decision as to what should happen next in the lives of the children involved.
- investigate the child’s situation and report the findings to the court and all parties;
- monitor implementation of the court order and case plan;
- facilitate a working relationship among all parties to a case;
- educate all parties and the community about the foster care and Family Court systems;
- where appropriate, provide direct service to the children to whom CASA is assigned.
What is the time commitment?
On average, our volunteers spend about 10 hours of work per month on each of their cases. A volunteer may be assigned to only one case or may be assigned to multiple cases. The duration of cases varies. A case may be closed in as few as six months or may extend to two years or longer.
What are the requirements to be a volunteer?
Our volunteers must be 21 years of age or older, have a reliable form of transportation, and have some flexibility to their schedule. Volunteers must be able to make and receive telephone calls as needed and attend court hearings and meetings. Volunteers should be willing to make a two-year commitment to the program. The average length of commitment for a volunteer with CASA’s program is 36 months.