BEcome A CASA VOLUNTEER
Who volunteers as an advocate?
CASA volunteers come from all walks of life. They have an interest in protecting the rights and ensuring the safety and well-being of foster children from their community. They dedicate time each month to advocate for a child until the child finds a safe permanent home. CASA volunteers must be age twenty-one years of age or older.
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role of a casa volunteer
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer advocates on behalf of children removed from their homes and placed in foster care due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment by their parents or primary caregiver.
A CASA volunteer is appointed by a judge to advocate for a foster child’s best interest in court. They get to know a foster child by visiting with them and speaking with the people involved in their life. They talk to a child’s family, service providers, teachers, social workers and others to gather the information that will help them make informed recommendations to the court. The information a CASA volunteer gathers is presented to the court in a report that provides the family court judge with the information he or she needs to act in the child’s best interest. CASA volunteers also advocate for services that promote a child’s healing.
Best-interest child advocacy Overview
STEPS TO VOLUNTEER
Following is an overview of the steps to take to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer. There are CASA offices serving children in each county in New Jersey.
- Attend a CASA Volunteer Information Session with your local CASA office.
- Complete a volunteer application and meet with your local CASA program staff.
- Complete necessary paperwork and pass background checks.
- Register to attend and complete your local CASA office volunteer pre-service training.
- Be sworn in by a family court judge as a CASA volunteer before being assigned to a foster child’s case.
ARE YOU READY?
To find the CASA program nearest your home or place of work, complete the form below. Once you submit the form, contact information about your local CASA program will display. Your local CASA program will reach out to you at the email address or phone number provided. They will answer any questions you may have about becoming a CASA volunteer.