CASA OF THE PINES
ADVOCATING FOR CHILDREN IN
AND POLK COUNTIES.
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WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CASA VOLUNTEER
When a family is in crisis and becomes involved in the child welfare system, a judge may appoint a CASA volunteer to advocate for the child. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate®, or CASA.
CASA volunteers stay by a child’s side throughout the case, advocating for reunification with parents when safe and possible. If reunification is not safe or possible, CASA volunteers will advocate for the child to be adopted by, or live with, relatives or family friends. If that can not be achieved, CASA volunteers work towards adoption by a nonrelative. No matter what, CASA volunteers will keep in contact with the support network until the case closes so that everyone continues to put the child’s best interests first.
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.
* Be 21 years of age or older.
* Successfully pass screening and background check requirements.
* Successfully complete initial training provided by the CASA of the Pines.
(30 hours of initial training plus 1 hour 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.
For anyone interested in becoming a volunteer please complete the volunteer application. Just as an FYI before you begin you will need to have available four personal reference emails in order to complete the application. Also, the application must be completed in a single session; you will not be able to save and return to it later.
For more information or questions, please contact us at 936-634-6725 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.