Imagine the experience of children who are removed from their home, their family, their siblings, and everything they know and care about. They find themselves in a world filled with social workers, lawyers, judges and courtrooms where life-altering decisions are made on their behalf. Fortunately, children in our community can have court-appointed, trained and committed volunteer advocates who ensure that each child’s individual needs remain a priority in an overburdened child welfare system. At Brush Country CASA, our volunteers serve as an official representative in a Child Protective Services (CPS) case, are entitled to access information about the child’s situation, and are required to make reports to the court in the child’s best interest.
What is a CASA
TO BECOME A CASA VOLUNTEER MEANS YOU ARE:
- Willing to commit at least one year of your time (on average, volunteers spend 8-10 hours a month on their case);
- Able to effectively communicate orally and in writing;
- Willing to participate in an in-depth training program;
- Able to pass criminal and CPS history background checks; and
- Over age 21
By becoming a CASA volunteer, you can help provide a voice for children who have been abused or neglected. CASA volunteers are individuals from all walks of life who speak up for a child’s best interest in court. You are not a foster parent, you are a voice making a real difference at a critical turning point in the child’s life.
WhO cAN hELP
Our volunteer advocates come from every walk of life and share a commitment to improving children’s lives, a willingness to learn and an open mind towards life experiences different from their own. No special education, experience or background is needed.
A CASA Volunteer must:
- Be 21 years of age or older.
- Successfully pass screening and background check requirements.
- Successfully complete initial training provided by Brush Country CASA.
(30 hours of initial training plus 2 hours of courtroom observation)
- Be able to make a one year minimum commitment to a case.
(An average of 8-10 hours per month)
- Be able to keep information confidential and work within established program guidelines.
Training & Support
During this time of self-quarantine and social distancing, we have moved all of our Info Sessions, Pre-Training Interviews, and Training Cycles online.
We will provide you with all the training and support you need to serve as an effective advocate. The CASA Volunteer Training program consists of 6 online 3-hour classes and an hour of pre-work for each class. You must finish all training by the final deadline and all background checks must be completed and cleared in order to be assigned to a case. Once assigned a case, you will be paired with a staff professional who will support and guide you every step of the way. You will be required to complete 12 hours of Continuing Education each year that you are an active volunteer. We offer a variety of trainings and activities to help volunteers complete this requirement.
Learn even more about volunteering with CASA
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