Volunteer your time to change a child’s life.
Our board and staff members are committed to the mission and vision of our organization.
- CASA Stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates.
- Volunteers are recruited, trained and supervised to be CASA's for abused children in Juvenile Court.
- National CASA's mission for a CASA Volunteer is to have direct and sufficient contact with a child to carry out an independent and valid investigation of the child's needs and wishes, so as to be able to make sound, thorough and objective recommendation in the the child's best interest.
- To fulfill this mission, CASA volunteers spend hours taking to the child, family members, foster family, teachers, therapist, social workers, and all parties involved in the case.
- This work is very intense and the CASA staff is committed to giving the volunteer the emotional support necessary to continue this important wok.
Volunteer Opportunities Available
CASA provides quality court-based advocacy for abused and neglected children. Children are referred to our program from a variety of sources including the juvenile court judges, attorneys, caseworkers, service providers, teachers and family members.
CASA volunteers are matched to a case where their skills and training will benefit the children most. CASA volunteers work to get their child’s court case expedited in addition to helping the child they’re working with find permanency sooner.
In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks. That’s where CASA volunteers like you can help make a difference.
Appointed by family court judges, CASA volunteers typically handle one case at a time until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. Other people come and go in the child’s life, but their CASA volunteer provides a constant presence the child needs to thrive and move on with their life.
Volunteers start by getting to know everyone in that child's life: parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and others. They use the information they gather to inform judges and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them.
You do not have to be a lawyer or social worker to be a volunteer. We welcome people from all walks of life. We are simply looking for people who care about children and have common sense. As a volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and well supported by professional staff to help you through each case.
You must pass a background check, participate in a 30-hour pre-service training course and agree to stay with a case until it is closed (a year and a half on average).