What Does a CASA Volunteer do?
CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to advocate for the best interest of a neglected or abused child. The primary responsibilities of a CASA volunteer include the following:
- Gather information: Review documents and records, interview the children, family members and other parties
- Provide written reports at court hearings
- Appear in court
- Recommend services: Share concerns about the child’s health, education, mental health, etc.
- Monitor case
- Visit child(ren) monthly
- Document hours/mileage
Time commitment typically depends on the stage of the case. Volunteers report that there is a greater time commitment at the beginning of a case. While the CASA volunteer experience is generally flexible and scheduled at the volunteer’s convenience, occasionally there are mandatory court hearings or meetings during business hours. A typical volunteer spends:
- 30 hours in pre-service training (15 hours in person/15 hours online)
- 10-15 hours per month working on their case
- Be 21 years old
- Completion of the volunteer application including references and background check
- Participation in an interview
- Completion of 30 hour pre-service training
- Available for court appearances, with advance notice
- Commitment to the CASA program for at least 1 year
Continuing Education and Support
- Each CASA volunteer is assigned a staff supervisor who will be familiar with their case and available for ongoing support and supervision
- CASA volunteers are generally assigned a peer mentor
- In-service trainings are offered by CASA of the TN Valley on a quarterly basis
- Peer support is available quarterly through our CASA to CASA (C2C) meetings
- Social media pages are updated daily
- CASA Bookclub through BookClubz to get more in-service hours
Continuing Education Resources
- National CASA Webinar Library
- National CASA Book List
- Tough Love-PBS Documentary
- Everyday Heroes
- National CASA YouTube Channel
- Child Welfare Information Gateway
- Tennessee Voices For Children
- Understanding Healthy vs. Unhealthy Sexual Behavior in Children and Youth
- Success Beyond 18: Transitioning Youth to Adulthood
- Sex Trafficking Awareness Videos
- Behavioral Changes in Foster Care
- Domestic Violence and It’s Impact on the Developing Child
- Continuing Education Documentation Form
Our Vision: Seeing Every Child in a Safe, Permanent Home
CASA Volunteers help change children's lives every day.
Abused and neglected children had a CASA volunteer speaking up for their best interest in the last year.
Children are waiting for a volunteer empowered to find them a safe, loving, permanent home.
Children in safer homes since 1977.
I would have been lost in foster care without my CASA volunteer.