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VOLUNTEERING WITH CASA

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.

Qualifications

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.

VIEW TRAINING SCHEDULE

Click HERE to view dates for our upcoming training courses.

Get Started!

Take the first steps toward becoming a CASA Advocate by attending an “All About Advocacy” Information Session OR a “CASA 101”. In our one hour “All About Advocacy”, we’ll share in depth about the unique opportunity of becoming a CASA advocate. At CASA 101 (approximately 1.5 hours), however, we’ll give information on ALL things CASA, including advocacy, board membership, and other community involvement opportunities.

There are no upcoming information sessions scheduled, as we are currently preparing for/hosting our June Pre-Service Training Class. More sessions will be offered beginning in July. Dates will be posted here when scheduled!

To receive direct updates about upcoming sessions, please email holly@casaofwalkercounty.org.

Ready to apply?

You’ve attended an information session and you’re ready to dive in? Take that leap by completing the volunteer application linked below (the application is exclusively for those interested in becoming a CASA Advocate):

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.

EMPLOYMENT WITH CASA

Click HERE to view CASA’s employment and internship opportunities