National CASA's 2012 Annual Report spotlights CASA programs' accomplishments.
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Volunteer Your Time to Change a Child's Life
Nobody longs for a safe and loving family more than a child in foster care. As a CASA volunteer, you are empowered by the courts to help make this dream a reality. You will be the one consistent adult in these children’s lives, vigilantly fighting for and protecting their fundamental right to be treated with the dignity and respect every child deserves. You will not only bring positive change to the lives of these vulnerable children, but also their children and generations to come. And in doing so, you will enrich your life as well.
What Do CASA Volunteers Do?
CASA volunteers listen first. Then they act.
Volunteers get to know the child by talking with everyone in that child's life: parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and others. They use the information they gather to inform judges and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them.
Who Can Be a Volunteer?
You do not have to be a lawyer or social worker to be a volunteer. We welcome people from all walks of life. We are simply looking for people who care about children and have common sense. As a volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and well supported by professional staff to help you through each case.
You must pass a background check, participate in a 30-hour pre-service training course and agree to stay with a case until it is closed (a year and a half on average). Read more about the requirements and role of being a CASA volunteer.
Interested in helping children but not ready to commit to becoming a volunteer advocate? Learn about other volunteer opportunities.
Ready to Stand Up for a Child Who Needs You?
Find a CASA program near you and inquire about becoming a volunteer.
No CASA Program in Your Area?
There are nearly 950 CASA and guardian ad litem programs recruiting and training volunteers to change children's lives for the better. If there is not a program in your area and you are interesting in starting one, learn how to start a CASA program in your area.