Voices for Children volunteers come from all walks of life. They include business executives, teachers, homemakers, attorneys, students and retirees. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have the compassion and energy to help children in need.
The responsibilities of CASA volunteers are as follows:
- Take responsibility for one child and visit on a regular basis (weekly)
- Gather facts about a child’s family background through an independent, comprehensive investigation reviewing available records
- Communicate the child’s needs to the court in written reports and recommendations
- Ensure that court-ordered services and case planning are provided in a timely, effective manner
- Provide emotional support for the child during this stressful period in their lives.
- Communicate and coordinate efforts with the child’s social worker, attorney and other professionals involved in the child’s case
Volunteers are required to commit for a minimum of one year and generally spend 7-10 hours a month with a child.
The application process includes a criminal background check, a personal references check and an interview. Volunteers receive 30 hours of training before being assigned children. Once children are assigned, volunteers receive ongoing supervision, training and support. Volunteers are expected to maintain regular contact with their supervisor.
Please fill out our online application to become a Voices for Children volunteer. Please have your driver’s license number and the names, addresses and email addresses for 3 personal references ready to complete the application.