Who Can Be a CASA Volunteer?
CASA volunteers are ordinary citizens.No special or legal background is required.Volunteers are screened closely for objectivity, competence and commitment. The minimum age requirement is 25. Advocates do need to have a valid drivers’ license and reliable access to a car.
- Interest in the rights and individual needs of children.
- Ability to work respectfully with varied socio-economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.
- Availability to visit children monthly, gather information, and attend most court hearings and other meetings while the case is active in Juvenile Court.
Three Key Roles of a Volunteer
As a child advocate, the CASA volunteer has three main responsibilities:
- Serve as a fact-finder for the judge by monitoring the circumstances of each assigned case.
- Represent the child’s best interests in court by preparing court reports (written with the assistance of their Advocate Manager).
- Act as a “watchdog” for the child during the life of the case and help to bring the child into a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible.
Every volunteer is supported by an Advocate Manager who advises, counsels, and guides the advocate for the duration of their case.
Have more questions? Speak to a CASA staff member by calling (847) 383-6260 ext. 205 or by e-mail.