CASA volunteers are ordinary people who do extraordinary things for children.
Be A Powerful Voice.
A CASA volunteer is a trained citizen appointed as the Guardian ad Litem (GAL or “guardian of the case”) to advocate for an abused or neglected child’s best interests.
Simply put, CASA volunteers serve as GALs in child abuse and neglect proceedings, presenting the court with a ‘child-centered’ perspective.
CASAs visit with their assigned child(ren) at least once per month, attend all court hearings, and submit written court reports. Volunteers are actively involved in decisions about where a child will live, therapy and other court-ordered services, educational needs and other important subjects. CASAs also have age-appropriate discussions with children about their wishes, hopes and dreams.
Full volunteer position description - What is a GAL?
The first step to becoming a CASA is submitting an application. If your application is accepted, you will be invited in for an interview conducted by our staff. We will also complete a thorough criminal background check.
All volunteers receive 40 hours of training. The curriculum is designed to inform volunteers about courtroom procedures, the dynamics of abuse and neglect, available services and effective advocacy techniques. You can view our 2014 Training Schedule here.
Read our Volunteer FAQs here.
For more information about becoming a CASA volunteer, please send us an email, or call 1.800.626.0622.