CASA recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers who advocate on behalf of children in in neglect and abuse cases in our community. CASA Advocates collect their own information, get to know each child, and write reports directly to the court with concerns stated for what’s in the child’s best interests.
Work alongside attorneys, caseworkers, and other providers of social services, as well as the parents and families of the children.
Interview parents, family members, teachers, doctors, foster parents, and other adults who may have information about the child.
Express concerns to the court about any issues or concerns relating to the child’s educational, medical, or emotional needs, and the most appropriate, permanent placement for that child.
Form trusting relationships with the children they serve and represent the children’s best interests at all times.
CASA Advocates must be at least 21 years old.
Participate in a pre-screening process which includes successfully passing criminal history and child abuse registry checks.
Participate in pre-service training composed of classroom and self-study components, Observe Family Court and complete training assignments.
Commit to a minimum of 24 months as a consistent Advocate. Volunteers spend an average of 10-15 hours per month serving as a CASA.
CASA's Impact in 2018*:
50 CASA Advocates donated a total of 3,657 hours,
211 youth in neglect and abuse cases received advocacy services.
40 youth found permanency with the help of their CASA Volunteer.
CASA Advocates make lasting impressions in the lives of children who have been abused and neglected, and positively impact the judicial and child welfare systems.
*CASA 2018 Calendar Year Statistics
To learn more about how you can be a voice for the well-being of a neglected or abused child, contact Liz Caldwell, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 585. 371.3980.
To become an advocate you can apply online here.