What is a CASA volunteer?
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA volunteers are appointed to juvenile abuse and neglect cases to gather information and make recommendations to help judges decide what is in the best interest of each child.
What do children gain from having a CASA volunteer?
CASA volunteers are a source of hope and support for children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect as they wait for the courts to decide where they may safely live. Advocates help children access the services they need to heal from the trauma they have experienced. The information and recommendations CASA volunteers provide help to expedite the court process and provide better outcomes for children under the court's protection. For many children in foster care and the court system, their CASA is the only constant during a frightening, uncertain time. A CASA volunteer can make an immediate and critical impact in the life of a child.
Are CASA volunteers trained and supervised?
CASA volunteers undergo 35 hours of initial training and 12 hours of continuing education each year. Each volunteer advocate works with the CASA Advocate Supervisor who provides guidance throughout the court process.
Are CASA volunteers really important to the court and child welfare process?
Yes! Judges depend on CASA volunteers to help keep them better informed about each child's case. In Kendall County, CASA volunteers are appointed to every juvenile abuse and neglect case, serving 100% of the children in our juvenile court system.
There is a child waiting for your help.
What kind of person is a CASA volunteer?
Our volunteers come from all walks of life. Some are employed full-time while others are students or stay-at-home parents. Volunteers must be 21 or older and pass a background check. CASA volunteers are patient, open-minded people who have good communication skills, a history of following through on commitments and a willingness to accept guidance. Above all, they care about children.
How much time does it take to be a CASA volunteer?
Your work as a CASA volunteer can range from approximately 3-15 hours per month. Being a CASA volunteer does require a time commitment but generally allows for a flexible schedule.
How do you serve children from diverse backgrounds?
CASA Kendall County trains volunteers on the value of diversity and the importance of cultural competence in order to ensure equity and provide best-interest advocacy for all children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect regardless of race, ethinicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or socio-economic status.
Want to learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer?
Call CASA Kendall County at (630) 553-8660.
CASA Kendall County wishes to thank those who donated to our Bags of Hugs Program!
Often when children are removed from their homes, their favorite things are sometimes left behind. Through this program and generous donors, we are able to provide every child who comes into the program with a backpack and some essential items to help make them more comfortable.
A CASA Volunteer is a trained and committed adult appointed by a judge to serve on cases of child abuse or neglect. CASA's are trained to thoroughly research a child's case and advocate on behalf of the child's best interests. Learn more.
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