What is a Volunteer Child Advocate?
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are trained community volunteers appointed by district court judges to speak for the best interest of children who are brought before the court for reasons of abuse or neglect.
Each volunteer child advocate is responsible for one child at a time, unless a family of more than one child is involved. The traditional length of time spent on each case can vary from two to eighteen months.
Responsibilities of the Volunteer Child Advocate
◊Complete an intensive independent review of each case
◊Report findings to the court
◊Ensure representation of the child’s best interest
◊Monitor case following a court hearing or decision as designated by the court
◊Consult regularly with the volunteer coordinator concerning assigned case, develop a CASA case plan and review progress and reports
Skills/Abilities of a CASA
◊Ability to keep all information confidential
◊Ability to communicate effectively
◊Ability to relate to people of various backgrounds
◊Ability to transport self to various locations
◊Ability to maintain objectivity
◊CASA volunteers are required to attend 30 hours of pre-service training
◊CASA volunteers follow guidelines established by National CASA Association
◊CASA volunteers will attend in-service training and receive direct supervision and guidance from program staff.
Download an Application
You may download the Volunteer Application Form here to apply to be a volunteer for CASA Monroe.