How To Become a Volunteer
CASA volunteer advocates are required to be at least 21 years of age. Prior to acceptance as an advocate, each individual must successfully complete the following:
- Submit an Application
- Be interviewed by CASA Staff
- Submit 3 personal references
- Undergo a background check
- Complete thirty-five (35) hours of training
All trained CASA volunteer advocates will then be sworn in as CASA Volunteer Advocate by the Juvenile Court Judge.
New volunteers will also be matched with a CASA mentor for their first case.
Please call the office at 423-461-3500 or email a program coordinator for more information.
BEING A VOLUNTEER
There are two ways you can volunteer: Be an Advocate, or work in other productive ways to support the program.
THE VOLUNTEER ADVOCATE
Why Volunteer? Having a CASA Volunteer means that an abused or neglected child under Juvenile Court jurisdiction has someone who is committed and concerned to monitor their treatment and advocate for their best interest.
Imagine how important that is to a child who loses their parents because they can’t or won’t take care of them. Into their disrupted life comes a group of strangers: police, foster parents, social workers, judges, lawyers and more. Most are concerned, but all have lots of cases to work and many claimants for their time.
The CASA is there with a single purpose – to ensure that the child’s needs are met by the myriad agencies involved – that the child doesn’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social services system or languish in an inappropriate group or foster home.
The Volunteer Advocate is there until the case is closed, acting and speaking on behalf of the child’s well being, ensuring that the court has the facts of the child’s situation and best interests as crucial judgments are considered and made.
The presence and efforts of Volunteer Advocates is making a critical difference – this can be the difference between despondency or trust, between faltering care or a safe and stable home, between dropping out or completing school, and between delinquency or responsible behavior.
Who Can Volunteer? We need committed, mature and caring adults. Advocates must be 21 years of age, meet background-screening requirements, and complete CASA training (about 35 hours).
Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for more information. If you are interested in becoming an advocate, you can do so by contacting us. You may also download a Volunteer Job Description or a Volunteer Advocate Application.
Other Important Volunteer Options
Work in other areas of the program such as fund-raising projects, fostering community awareness, assisting in the CASA office, and using technical and creative talents to produce mailings, newsletters, and to maintain web sites. We have room and work for all who are interested.