CASA volunteers are everyday people – teachers, business people, retirees, stay-at-home moms, and grandparents – who are committed to making a difference for children who might otherwise slip through the cracks in an overburdened foster care system. They are appointed by judges to guide one child or one set of siblings through the system to safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. CASA volunteers research case records and speak to each person involved in a child’s life, including family members, teachers, doctors, lawyers, and social workers. They monitor the progress of the child and family throughout the case and advocate for the child’s current and future needs in court, in school, and in agency meetings. Their independent evaluations allow the court to make better informed decisions.
Because CASAs serve on one case at a time, they truly get to know the child and can give each case the sustained, personal attention it deserves.
We invite you to join our family of volunteers and make a difference in a child’s life – and your own.
A CASA Volunteer must:
- Be 21 years of age or older.
- Successfully pass screening and background check requirements.
- Successfully complete initial training provided by the CASA of Walker, San Jacinto & Trinity Counties program.
(40 hours of initial training plus 3 hours of courtroom observation & 12 hours of continuing education)
- Be able to make a 12-month minimum commitment to a case.
(An average of 10-15 hours per month)
- Be able to keep information confidential and work within established program guidelines.
Take the first steps toward becoming a CASA Advocate by attending a CASA 101 1-hour information session. At this session we will share the responsibilities of CASA advocates, training expectations, and the rewards and challenges experienced by CASA Volunteers. For dates and locations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Already attended CASA 101 and ready to apply?
Apply Online** HERE
**Please allow 20-30 minutes to complete the online application, as you must complete it in one session. We suggest that before you begin the application, gather contact information (phone, email, mailing address) for 3 non-relative references that you’ve known for at least two years.
**Applications are always accepted. However, CASA will not initiate the application process until after attendance at one of the required information sessions.