WHAT IS A CASA?
CASA volunteers are Court Appointed Special Advocates for children appointed by a Judge. CASA volunteers are well-trained men and women who have the time, heart and commitment to listen to a child, investigate the situation and then report back to the Judge regarding the best interests of the child.
CASAs are the voice for children in court as they travel through the court system, acting as the eyes and ears for the court. A CASA searches for information, reviews records, interviews parents, talks to teachers, neighbors and family in an effort to paint a picture for the Judge. In an overburdened system where children are at risk of slipping through the cracks, the CASA’s goal is to see that a child’s best interests are served.
HOW DO YOU BECOME A VOLUNTEER?
A CASA must be over the age of 21, and have the willingness and ability to volunteer their time for children in our community. Advocates are expected to communicate effectively and be able to write objective reports to the court. Advocates must complete 30 hours of initial training, pass a background check, and provide three non-family references. All advocates are screened through an interview process to ensure objectivity, competence and commitment. After completing all training and background check requirements, volunteers are sworn in as a CASA. Ongoing case management with a supervisor and 12 hours of continuing education is required each year.
The next 30-hour training will be held in Spring 2017. Click on the application link below, or contact the CASA Administrator for more information.
HOW MUCH TIME DOES BEING A CASA REQUIRE?
A CASA volunteer should anticipate 1-2 hours/week for a case, plus court appearances and report writing. While each case is different, typically the initial investigation and interviews take more time because an advocate is learning about a new situation. Therefore, the first 30 days of a case can take up to 4 hours per week. CASA volunteers are expected to attend court hearings, write reports and meet with the child and family on a regular basis.
Advocates are requested to stay assigned to a child’s case for the duration of the court process, typically 12-months, but could be longer. Consequently, volunteers are requested to make at least a 12-month commitment to the program once trained.
CASA Links & Resources
CASA Douglas County
1038 Buckeye Rd.
P.O. Box 218
Minden, NV 89423
(775) 782-6247 – fax: (775)782-6256