top of page
VolunteerYouth_Park.jpg

Make A Difference

Nearly 700,000 children experience abuse or neglect each year. Instead of playing with neighbors and making happy family memories, they’re attending court hearings, adjusting to new foster homes and transitioning to new schools. That’s a heavy burden for a child to carry. With a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer dedicated to their case, our community's most vulnerable children will have someone speaking up for their best interests. With your support, more children will have the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving home.

Ways to Support
VolunteerChild_Courtroom-2.jpg

Advocate

As a CASA volunteer, you will make a real difference for abused and neglected children by giving them a voice and providing a stable influence in their lives. You will serve as the eyes and ears of the court to promote the safety and well-being of children in the protective services system. 

Donate

Your contribution can change a child's life forever. By donating to CASA of the 18th JDC, you're not just giving money; you're giving hope, support, and a brighter future to foster youth. Every dollar you contribute goes directly toward advocating for the best interests of these vulnerable children. 

Volunteer Role

What is a CASA volunteer?

A CASA volunteer, or Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer, is a dedicated and caring individual who plays a vital role in the lives of children involved in the foster care system. CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to serve as advocates for these children, ensuring their voices are heard and their best interests are represented throughout their journey in the child welfare system.  Once assigned to a case, CASA volunteers act as a watchdog for the child and become a stable presence in the child's life. The personal attention ensures that the case keeps moving toward a safe, permanent home for the child.

What does a CASA volunteer do?

Advocate for the Child

CASA volunteers are champions for the children they are assigned to. They take the time to get to know the child, their unique needs, and their circumstances.

 

Investigate and Gather Information

CASA volunteers conduct thorough research and gather information from various sources, such as social workers, attorneys, teachers, doctors, and family members, to make informed recommendations to the court.

Ensure Appropriate Services

They work to ensure that the child receives the necessary services, educational support, and medical care they require.

Attend Court Hearings

CASA volunteers attend court hearings to provide objective reports and advocate for the child's safety, well-being, and permanency.​​

Monitor Progress

CASA volunteers monitor the child's progress and advocate for changes or adjustments to the child's placement or services if needed. This also includes monitoring the child's case and the progress of the case.

Provide Support

CASA volunteers offer support and a consistent presence in the child's life during a challenging and often confusing time.

AM15208.jpg

CASA Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

Who can be a CASA volunteer?

Community members over the age of 21 who pass a background check and complete training are eligible to become a CASA volunteer.

Do I need experience to volunteer?

No, our volunteers come from all walks of life! You do not need to have prior experience in the legal or social services field to become a CASA volunteer.

How long is the training?

Pre-service training is 32 hours. After a volunteer has been sworn in by the court, they are required to complete 12 additional hours of training each year. 

What is the time commitment?

Around 10 hours a month. This includes visiting the child, working with involved parties, researching the case history, and writing a court report.

What children are appointed?

CASA volunteers are typically appointed to children who are under the protection of the court as a result of abuse or neglect.

How many children will I be assigned?

A CASA volunteer's caseload is typically one child or one group of siblings. Each volunteer has a dedicated CASA Advocate Supervisor to support them.

How long does a volunteer stay involved?

We ask our volunteers to advocate. for at least 1 year. However a volunteer can continue until the case is permanently resolved. 

What are the responsibilities

Key responsibilities include: Advocate for the child in court,  investigate and gather information, and monitor the case progress.

Will I have to go to court?

Yes, CASA volunteers will write court reports and attend court hearings to provide their report and advocate for the child's safety, well-being, and permanency.

Why is CASA important?

 CASA volunteers are often the one consistent adult in a child's life during their time in foster care, offering stability, guidance, and advocacy when it matters most.

Volunteer FAQs
Volunteer Applicaton

Change A Child's Story

Together, we can provide hope, stability, and brighter futures for children in our community. Become a CASA volunteer today and be the change a child needs. Are you ready to speak up for children in need? Fill out the volunteer application form below to take the next step. Our dedicated team will contact with you with additional information.

bottom of page