CASA of the 8th Judicial District

EVERY CHILD DESERVES A CHANCE – IT’S YOU.

 

Volunteer – Help a child by becoming a CASA Volunteer Advocate. CASA Volunteer Advocates help abused and neglected children. Our volunteers come from all backgrounds and walks of life. They can make ALL the difference in the life of a child who has been abused and/or neglected.  You have the power to make a huge positive impact at a critical time in a child’s life.

 

WHAT DO CASA VOLUNTEERS DO?

 

CASA Volunteer Advocates get to know the children they advocate for and establish a connection with that child.  Volunteer Advocates interact not only with the child but also with other people in that child’s life (family members, foster parents, day care providers, doctors, teachers, etc.). CASA Volunteer Advocates use the information they gather to assist the court in making the best decision possible for that child.  As a Volunteer Advocate you commit to represent the best interest of a child until they are in a safe and permanent home.

 

READY TO SPEAK UP FOR A CHILD WHO NEEDS YOU?

Volunteer Advocates Must:

How We Make A Difference:

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Willing to commit at least one year of your time (average of 10-15 hours per month)
  • Able to effectively communicate orally and in writing
  • Able to pass a criminal and in-depth history background check
  • Successfully complete an in-depth 30 hour training program
  • Complete a minimum of 12 hours In-Service training annually
  • Able to visit your CASA child/children once every 30 days (per Office of Judicial Adminstration standards for CASA)

     CASA of the 8th Judicial District program believes that every child has the right to a safe, permanent home. A child or children found by the court to be a Child in Need of Care (CINC) are often appointed a CASA Volunteer Advocate.  This advocate speaks exclusively for the child’s best interests.  CASA Volunteer Advocates are highly  screened and trained before they are appointed to a case in the juvenile court system. Volunteer Advocates are assigned to help one child or set of siblings at a time.  By handling only one or two cases at a time (compared to a social agency caseworker’s average load of 60 – 90), the Volunteer Advocate has the time to explore thoroughly each case assigned to them and are often the one adult solely focused on that child/group of siblings.

There are still ways to volunteer with CASA of the 8th Judicial District without becoming a Volunteer Advocate.  We are always looking for help with fundraisers, PR/Marketing, Special Events, and even Board Members. Simply complete the form below and in the "Message" tell us how you would be interested in volunteering with CASA of the 8th Judicial District.