CASA Advocates: Working to Give Children a Voice in Court
Family Law CASA recruits, screens and trains community volunteers to become Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). Through a rigorous application process, references, background checks and interviews, Family Law CASA staff selects volunteers who best fit CASA criteria. Staff and local experts provide 21 hours of initial mandatory training and require ten hours of continuing education each year.
Based on a variety of considerations, Family Law CASA program managers assign cases to individual CASA volunteers. Family Law CASA staff members then provide the guidance and support CASA volunteers need during the case process.
- Staff volunteer supervisors oversee and support volunteers throughout the investigation, interviewing and assessment process and review volunteer reports.
- A staff attorney coordinates hearings, trials and settlement conferences and provides CASAs with legal representation during hearings and trials and at mediation.
- A staff administrator helps manage case paperwork, process releases of information, and forwards mail and messages from families to volunteers.
Make a difference in a child’s life by making sure their voices are heard and their needs championed during difficult custody cases. You don’t have to be a lawyer or have legal experience to be a CASA – you just have to care about the needs of a child. If you are interested in volunteering as a CASA, simply complete the Volunteer Application Form.