A CASA Volunteer
What is a CASA Volunteer?
A Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, is a trained and committed adult who is appointed by a judge to represent and advocate for a child’s best interest in the Caroline County Courts. By becoming a CASA volunteer, you can help keep abused and neglected children safe and give them a chance at finding true happiness in a safe, loving and permanent home. For many of the children we serve, their CASA will be the ONE constant in an otherwise chaotic life. Watch this video to see the difference YOU can make in a child’s life.
What Are The Requirements?
In addition to caring about the well-being of children CASA volunteers MUST:
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Pass a background screening
- Complete 30 hours of pre-service training
- Continue with 12 hours of annual in-service training
- Be able to commit to a child until their case has closed, or for at least one year
- Be able to volunteer a minimum of 4-6 hours per month
What does a CASA Volunteer Do?
- They get to know the child – they listen; they talk to people in the child’s life to determine what is needed for the child to heal and thrive.
- They gather information from teachers, social workers, doctors, relatives; everyone involved in the child’s daily life.
- They ensure the child is safe and up-to-date with mental and physical health check-ups.
- They work with experts and service providers to identify and recommend services at keeping families intact or returning children safely to families.
- They create supportive environments for families from all walks of life by learning from our training in cultural competency.
- They make legal reports and recommendations in the child’s best interests to judges and magistrates.
- They Change a Child’s Story™!
Still need more information?
Please contact us at 410-479-8301 or firstname.lastname@example.org