What Does a CASA Do?
Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers serve as the “eyes and ears” of the court judge, gathering unbiased information about the child and their environment. Armed with a court order, a CASA volunteer can access any relevant information about the child, parents, and family including medical and mental health records, educational documents, police reports, and can even request out of state documentation. This access to information allows the CASA to get a comprehensive view of the case.
Then they make recommendations to the judge regarding what is in the child’s best interests. A CASA volunteer works to ensure that the child is placed in a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible.
Click here to follow a CASA volunteer’s journey to help a child find a forever home.
- Must be 21 or older.
- Must pass extensive background check.
- Must have valid driver’s license. Applicants will be required to provide copy of license and proof of liability insurance.
- Must be available to complete 30 hour of initial volunteer orientation and training.
- Must be available to complete 12 hours of continuing education annually.
- All potential advocates must complete full application and will be interviewed.
We require our volunteers to participate in the mandatory 30 hour initial volunteer orientation and training to ensure all advocates are skilled and knowledgeable when assigned a case. Child abuse and neglect is a very serious, sensitive, and complex topic with many facets. Training and education is required to act in the best interests of children.
2019 Fall New Volunteer Training Dates
September 24- October 5. This mandatory 30 hour training enables new volunteers to prepare for cases. It is a mixture of engaging class time and homework.
Training dates and times are as follows:
Tuesday, Sept 24 – 3:30PM-6:30PM
Thursday, Sept 26 – 3:30PM-6:30PM
Saturday, Sept 28 – 8AM-12PM
Tuesday, Oct 1 – 3:30PM-6:30PM
Thursday, Oct 3 – 3:30PM-6:30PM
Saturday, Oct 5 – 8AM-12PM
(location of training is TBD based off number of participants from Park and Sweet Grass Counties)