We’re simply looking for people with a desire to help abused children.
Every year, more than three million children nationally are reported abused or neglected. Despite the states’ attempts to help, many of these kids become trapped in the court and child welfare maze and can spend their childhood moving from one temporary shelter to another. This is where a CASA volunteer steps in by becoming a Court-appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer.
As a CASA volunteer, you will receive training from professionals in the legal and welfare fields, and you’ll have the complete support of your CASA organization to help you through each case.
CASA volunteers review records, research information and talk to everyone involved; social workers, attorneys, judges, parents, teachers, family members and, of course, the children themselves.
Volunteers then present their recommendation to the court as to what they feel is best for the child. Judges rely heavily on this testimony to make an informed decision on the child’s future.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE, ONE CHILD AT A TIME…
- Can you commit 10-20 hours a month to advocate for a child?
- Are you at least 21 years old?
- Do you have a reliable car to drive?
- Can you fulfill the requirements of the CASA job description?
- Download the CASA Fact Sheet (PDF)
If you answered yes to the first three questions and read what a CASA does, and read the CASA Fact Sheet, then you can be rewarded with some of the most powerful and fulfilling experiences of your life. We welcome volunteers from all cultures, professions, ethnic and educational backgrounds.
Court Appointed Special Advocates — of Cass County, is the only local volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens to become appointed members of the Cass County court system in order to act on behalf of abused or neglected children as they pass through the family court system. We invite you to hear our stories, learn about our mission, and join our cause … because sometimes the only difference between a life of pain and anguish and a life of joy and success is you.
Call Program Director, Erica Boulanger at (269) 445-4431 ext. 1 for information about our upcoming CASA training class.
New CASA Volunteer Forms
(Print and complete all forms below.)
- CASA Volunteer Job Description (PDF)
- CASA Volunteer Application (PDF)
Releaseof Information Form (PDF)
- Central Registry Clearance Request (PDF)
There are other ways to get involved in creating real change and opportunity in a child’s life in Cass County CASA if you don’t think a CASA volunteer role is for you. Please consider one or more of these options to help our neglected and abused children.