Frequently Asked Questions about CASA
What does CASA stand for?
CASA is an acronym for “court-appointed special advocates” which is a community volunteer who is trained to
work with a child in foster care while a decision is made on where that child should live.
What does a volunteer CASA do?
- A CASA spends one-on-time with a child to assess his current situation.
- A CASA looks for changes in a child’s behavior, school performance, health and well-being.
- A CASA stays with a child no matter how often their living situation changes.
- A CASA speaks up for the child in court to help judges make the best decision for their welfare.
How much time is required of a volunteer?
A trainee can expect to spend 35 hours learning about the program including 20 hours of classroom instruction, 10 hours of independent study, and 5 hours of courtroom observation. Once fully trained, an additional hour per month of continuing education hours is required.
Once trained, volunteers can expect to spend between 5-10 hours per month doing such things as:
visiting one-on-one with the child; communicating with related parties including the social worker,
therapist, CASA coordinator, school teacher and resource family, attending meetings, and reading and
writing emails and reports related to the child’s case.
Do I need any special experience to become a CASA?
Experience with children is a plus but not a requirement. The CASA training program provides a robust
and comprehensive education into the needs of our assigned kiddos.
What if I need help or feel unsure at any time?
Each CASA is assigned to an Advocate Coordinator who will answer questions, attend meetings with the
volunteer and meet one-on-one whenever necessary.
What are the requirements to be enrolled in training?
Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, pass a background check, and successfully complete the
training program. A commitment to the children, court, and CASA program is a must.