CASA Volunteer Job Description

A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is a trained citizen volunteer appointed by the Juvenile Court to ensure that the needs and interests of abused or neglected children are being met. CASAs are assigned to dependent children who are under the Juvenile Court’s jurisdiction and are assigned at the discretion of the Judge of the Juvenile Court.

 

 

Requirements of a CASA

  • Make a commitment to serve as a CASA for a minimum of one year
  • Be 21 years of age (some exceptions allowed for intern students)
  • Be willing to donate 6-10 hours per month
  • Attend training sessions and review all training materials provided by CASA
  • Maintain objectivity and professionalism in dealing with children, parents and all other parties involved in the case
  • Possess verbal and written communication skills

 

 

Responsibilities of a CASA

To serve as an arm of the Juvenile Court as researcher, monitor, and child advocate

  • Interview child, parents, foster parents and any other concerned parties or relatives
  • Review appropriate records and reports
  • Work with Attorney Guardian Ad Litem as counsel, representing the best interests of the child
  • Confer with counselors, teachers, social workers, etc. involved in the case
  • Submit thorough, independent written reports to the Court and Guardian Ad Litem prior to court hearings
  • Appear in Court as needed to answer questions or testify on findings or recommendations
  • Maintain records of all findings and document all contacts
  • Visit institutions, foster homes or group homes where child is placed or may be placed
  • Monitor court orders to ensure services to the child are being furnished in a timely manner and placement is appropriate
  • Maintain contact with the program director/coordinator and submit all documentation
  • Remain involved in the case until the Court’s jurisdiction is terminated