We’re everyday people with a common goal: Ensuring that every child is placed in a safe, permanent home.
CASA volunteers are ordinary people from all walks of life. We’re nurses. Electricians. Homemakers. Educators. But each of us is empowered to make a difference in the lives of the children we choose to advocate for. The most notable qualification to become a CASA volunteer? A desire to advocate for children. No legal or social service background is necessary. However, applicants must:
- Pass routine background checks
- Provide three references
- Be 21 years of age or older
- Have the ability to work with people in diverse backgrounds
- As a CASA volunteer, you’ll help provide an extra set of eyes and ears for the court and child welfare agencies. After gathering the information, you’ll provide the court with the information by way of a report that speaks to what is in the child’s best interest. You’ll be actively involved in your assigned cases, adopting roles that include not only advocacy, but also frequent contact with the children and caregivers, and coordination and involvement with involved parties—including schools, law enforcement, psychologists, foster and biological parents, caseworkers, counselors, case managers, and the State’s Attorney’s office.