Steps to Becoming a CASA Advocate
For more information about becoming an advocate
call our office at 936-634-6725 or attend one of our informational Zoom sessions.
Ready to become a volunteer? Great! Skip to step 2.
The one-hour floating zoom session will provide information about CASA and the process in which our volunteers advocate for children who have been abused and neglected.
CASA staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions you may have about our program. This is a great first step to seeing if this opportunity is the right fit for you!
Just pick a time that works for you and use the link to join us!
First and Third Wednesdays of the month
12 pm - 1 pm
Meeting ID: 809 936 5487
If these times don’t work for you, just contact Yvonne and she can do a 1-1 with you at your convenience!
Submit an online application.
Be 21 years of age or older.
Provide 4 references with email addresses.
Provide your driver’s license number for the mandatory background check.
Complete the application here: Apply Here
You must complete the application in a single session; you will not be able to save and return to it later.
Our Training Director will contact you to schedule an interview. The interview is an opportunity for CASA staff to get to know the applicant and learn more about why they want to be a CASA. The interview is part of the screening process and ensures a good fit. During the interview, CASA staff will talk through the expectations of a the CASA role and answer your questions.
Applicants must successfully pass screening, background checks, and fingerprint requirements prior to training.
Angelina, Polk and Houston Counties all offer training throughout the year. As required by National CASA, each trainee much participate in at least 30 hours of classroom training plus 1 hour of court room observation to become an advocate. At least 10 hours of this training must be face-to-face, while the other portion can be through independent study. We at CASA understand that each trainee has other responsibilities, so we work to fit training into each person's time and schedule.
CASA of the Pines works to make training fun! Each training session is full of discussion and different activities, such as guest speakers, presentations, videos, and much more.
Once you successfully completed the full 30 hours of classroom training and 1 hour of court room observation you will then be sworn in by a judge.
Be able to keep information confidential and work within established program guidelines.
Be able to serve at least 12 months of your time (average 10-15 hours per month).
Visit with the child on at least a monthly basis.
Interview all parties associated with the case.
Attend court hearings to testify as to the best interest of the child.