CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Court Appointed Special Advocates are highly trained volunteers serving as the voice for children who are in the court system due to abuse and neglect.
Each CASA volunteer advocates on behalf of one child or family at a time, as opposed to the full caseloads managed by DHS workers and lawyer-guardians ad litem. These volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child or sibling group is placed in a safe, permanent home.
For many of these children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.
Requirements for CASA volunteers:
- At least 21 years old
- Completion of necessary background and reference checks, including fingerprinting
- Completion of a minimum of 30 hours of pre-service training
- Availability for court appearances (advance notice is provided)
- A commitment to the CASA program until your first case is closed