Overview of CASA Volunteer Advocates
To advocate for children who come to the attention of the courts because of abuse or neglect.
- Must be 21 years or older.
- Must pass all screening procedures that include a written application, personal interview, reference check, and criminal records check.
- Must have sufficient time available to commit to one year of involvement.
- Respect a child’s inherent right to grow up with dignity in a safe environment that meets that child’s best interest.
- Ensure that the child’s best interests are represented at every stage of the case.
- Successfully complete all initial and on-going training.
- Report any new incidents of child abuse or neglect to appropriate authorities.
- Review all records pertaining to the child.
- Maintain weekly contacts with the child and have regular contacts with all collaterals (i.e. social workers, AODA staff, school personnel, mental health providers, etc.)
- Provide written monthly reports in a timely and appropriate manner to the CASA Advocate Supervisor.
- Confer with the CASA Advocate Supervisor to keep them apprised of the child’s status or need for change when necessary.
- Attend all court hearings and staff meetings pertaining to the child.
- Maintain all standards of confidentiality in relation to the case.
- Exhibit professionalism in behavior and appearance.
- Refrain from providing direct services to any parties that could lead to a conflict of interest or potential liability, or cause a child or family to become dependent on the CASA Advocate for services that should be provided by other agencies or organizations.
A CASA volunteer Advocate completes a minimum of 40 hours of initial training, six additional hours of reading and observes four hours of court proceedings. 12 hours of in-service training are required each year after the first year of service.
A CASA volunteer Advocate will be supervised by the Advocate Supervisor and/or Program Manager for the duration of the case.
Volunteer Advocate Application:
Download the CASA of Brown County volunteer Advocate Application Packet here.
To learn more about becoming a volunteer Advocate with CASA of Brown County, please contact Mary Rowan at 920.437.2272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.