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What is a CASA?

An advocate who is appointed by the family court judge to children in the family court system for abuse and/or neglect.  The advocate meets with the child(ren) and involved family members throughout the duration of the case and speaks on behalf of the child in court. CASAs are often the only constant in a child's life during this time of great change. 

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What It Takes to Be an Advocate

  • 32+ hours of pre-service training and court observations

  • Excellent listening skills

  • Must be at least 21 years old

  • Must have at least a high school diploma/GED or obtain a GED within 6 months of training completion

  • Must pass all screening requirements including a written application, personal interviews, references and checks of criminal records, child protective service records, sex offender registries and social security number verification. 

  • A computer with speakers and a printer is required for Flex Learning training, if offered.  Must be computer literate and able to utilize email.  Having a smartphone is preferred.

  • Must have valid driver’s license

  • Should have reliable personal transportation (e.g. car, truck)

  • Be available for court appearances, with advance notice

Advocate Responsibilities

  • Attendance at pre-service and in-service trainings

  • Commitment of a minimum 18-month assignment, averaging 10-15 hours a month

  • Complete an analysis of each case; meet with the child at least monthly (twice a month preferred) and other relevant persons OR demonstrate attempts to meet with them at least monthly; review all pertinent records and documents.

  • Attend court hearings as availability permits and give verbal reports in addition to written reports submitted before any hearings.

  • Utilize CASA Connect/Manager to maintain complete and accurate records of time and activities; conduct documentation/child assessments; and submit court reports.

  • Submit quality written court reports two (2) weeks in advance of the court date. 

  • Assist in the identification of resources appropriate to meet the needs of the child.

  • Maintain strict confidentiality as described within this manual.

Benefits of Being a CASA

  • Training, support and supervision from CASA of Jefferson County and Resolution Center staff.

  • Opportunity to learn about family court, child welfare laws and social service systems.

  • Opportunity to develop new skills and abilities transferable to career experience.

  • Training on OPTIMA case management system. 

  • Satisfaction from contributing to community services on behalf of abused and neglected children.

If you want to sign up to become an advocate, please click the link below to be directed to the volunteer application. Please allow up to two business days after submission for our office to contact you for the next steps. We look forward to hearing from you!

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