There are only 3 requirements:
- Must be at least 21 years of age
- Must be able to pass a background and reference check
- Attend pre-service training classes online and in-person
General Requirements of a CASA volunteer:
- Each CASA must demonstrate the desire, willingness and ability to help a child.
- Complete a CASA training course and court observation hours, successfully pass a CASA background screening, receive supervision, work effectively alongside other “system” professionals, and report to the court.
- Make a commitment to stay with a case as long as it remains open.
- CASA advocates complete about 30 hours training course and a mandatory court observation.
- All classes must be completed for a volunteer to be sworn in by the Judge as a CASA volunteer.
- Each volunteer must also complete 12 hours of continuing education every year after his or her first year of service.
A volunteer reports to:
- CASA Executive Director and Cannon County Juvenile Court Judge
The Duties and Responsibilities of a CASA Volunteer:
- Establish a relationship with the child to better understand the child’s needs and desires. Meet with him/her at least once a month.
- Support the child throughout court proceedings: explain the court proceedings to the child (if age appropriate), attend each hearing with or without the child, attend appropriate interagency meetings regarding the child.
- Explain the CASA volunteer's role, duties and responsibilities to all parties associated with the case. Review available records regarding the child's family history, school behavior, medical or mental health history, etc.
- Identify and explore potential resources that will facilitate family preservation, early family reunification, or alternative permanency planning.
- Interview all parties involved with the child regarding the child’s circumstances and needs, as determined by the CASA plan.
- Communicate the child’s needs to the court in written reports including observations, concerns, and recommendations.
- Ensure that the court-ordered plans for the child are being implemented.
- Communicate and coordinate efforts with the child’s case manager, probation officer, and/or Guardian ad Litem.
- Attend the Department of Children's Services meetings involving the case.
- Comply with the National and State CASA Association standards.
- Other duties and responsibilities as determined by the presiding Juvenile Court Judge or Magistrate.
- Regularly confer with the CASA Director.