We ask that all of our volunteers commit to a year or the life of the case in order to provide our children
with a stable person advocating for them. We understand that situations come up in life and that you
may need to take a break or step away. We ask that you speak to your supervisor should this occur.

Be Somebody. Be a Volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). In this special role, you will:

  • Receive 32 hours of specialized training.
  • Be sworn in by the court.
  • Talk to people and agencies and review documents to learn about the child’s life and circumstances.
  • Talk to the child at least once a month at your convenience. Many CASAs meet the child at a playground, library, or other safe place to talk or play games. CASA volunteers do not drive the child anywhere and do not buy things for the child.
  • Write a brief report about your findings for the court.
  • Attend court hearings to present your report and speak on behalf of the child. If you are unable to attend court, a staff person may attend on your behalf.
  • The CASA’s role is to develop a relationship with the child, help guide them through the legal process, and advocate for what is in their best interest. You will be trained to do this.
  • All CASA volunteers receive ongoing guidance and support from trained, experienced staff.

Yes, each county has specific information and updates that we provide during training.

We start each CASA with one case. This may include more than one child. You decide if/when you’re
ready to take on more. Most volunteers only work one case at a time, while some have multiple cases.

Absolutely! Most of our volunteers have full-time careers. One great thing about CASA is that it allows
you to set much of your own schedule.

While all cases vary, our volunteers average 5-10 hours a month on their cases. However, there is often
a little extra time needed at the beginning of the case.

CASA offers 32 hours of training, plus court observation time and ongoing staff support throughout your
time as a CASA. Continued education is provided and peer relationships are encouraged.

Anyone over the age of 21, who can pass local, federal & DCS background checks and wants to make a difference in the life of a child can serve as a CASA.


There are more children in our county who need an advocate than we have volunteers. I encourage people to give it a try.
Go to the training; see what you think about it. It’s really not hard; it doesn’t take a lot of time, and it’s very rewarding.

Cheryl Bennett, CASA Volunteer