How to Become a CASA
As a court-appointed special advocate volunteer, you are empowered by the courts to help make a child's dream of living in a safe and secure home a reality. You will not only bring positive change to the lives of these vulnerable children, but also to their children and generations to come. And in doing so, you will enrich your life as well.
No special background or education is required to become a CASA volunteer. We encourage people from all cultures and professions, and of all ethnic and educational backgrounds.
Once accepted into the program, you will receive all necessary training in courtroom procedures, social services, the juvenile justice system, and the special needs of abused and neglected children.
The Process of Becoming a CASA
Complete an application
After contacting the CASA program, you will receive additional information about the program and an application. Included in the application will be a request for 3 references to guarantee that you are a person of character, competence, and reliability.
Complete an interview
You will be invited to an interview at the CASA office where we will discuss your background and experience as well as fill you in on details of how the program works and what is expected. Questions are welcomed. The interview will help determine if CASA is a good fit for you and you for CASA.
Complete a background check
If accepted to the training program, you will undergo a thorough background check that includes fingerprinting to ensure that our children are in good hands. Advocates cannot have a record of certain criminal offenses, like child abuse, neglect, DUI’s, or any sexual offenses, nor can they have family members with open cases in dependency court.
Complete the required training
All advocates must complete an initial training of at least 30 hours. This training prepares you to be a strong advocate and covers legally mandated topics. You’ll learn about the dynamics of child abuse and juvenile law and court structure.
Take your oath before the judge
With the completion of all paper work , training, and the administration of an oath by the judge, you will become a sworn CASA advocate! Now you are ready to be appointed to a child who needs your help.
Continue your education
The CASA program requires an additional 12 hours a year of continuing education. We provide monthly In Service programs and additionally, you can learn on your own through books, websites, films, and seminars.
Upcoming CASA Training
Due to Covid-19, the CASA program is postponing the CASA training originally scheduled for Fall of 2020. The next training will likely be held from mid-March to mid-April 2021.
For more information about applying to be a CASA, contact:
Melinda Douros, Program Manager
email@example.com, (530) 265-9550 ext. 222