Who makes a good CASA volunteer?
Our dedicated volunteers come from all walks of life, education levels and ethnic backgrounds. Many work full-time, but some also work part-time, stay at home or are retired. Commitment to children, objectivity, open-mindedness, tenacity, and great communication skills are several of the key characteristics of great court appointed special advocate volunteers.
Volunteers must be:
- at least 21 years old
- a high school graduate
- undergo a background check
- have regular access to the internet
- have a valid drivers license
- willing to commit to the life of the case (roughly 6-24 months)
What kind of training do CASA volunteers receive?
Offered several times each year, our interactive training program provides 30 hours of instructor-based training to empower and prepare individuals to become effective advocates. In addition, our CASA volunteers are provided guidance and support throughout the court process.
What is the time commitment required?
On average, a CASA volunteers spends about 8-10 hours a month on their case. This includes home visits, phone calls, team meetings, court hearings, emails and report writing. CASA of Howard County asks volunteers to commit to their CASA child for the duration of their case.
Are CASA volunteers really important to the court and child welfare process?
YES! Judges depend on CASA volunteers to help them better informed about each child’s case. Typically a CASA volunteer only has one family assigned to them so they are able to provide guidance and support throughout the court process.