State & Local Programs

Fast eForms Developed by CASA Program to Simplify Volunteer Management and Reporting

Carol Martin
Lucas County CASA Executive Director Carol Martin says Fast eForms save staff time and increase volunteer confidence.

Like many CASA programs, the Lucas County CASA program in Toledo, OH, faced substantial budget cuts in recent years. In response, Executive Director Carol Martin decided it was time to befriend technology in order to increase efficiency and save their program money and time.

“I studied where the CASA staff spent its time. It didn’t take long to discover that many hours were spent on form-based processes. For example, volunteer reports alone entailed staff time for training, reviewing, clarifying information, formatting and realigning, editing, copying and filing. The average written report to the court took over four hours of CASA staff time.”

As a result of her research, and with input from the National CASA Association, Carol developed a series of PDF forms that she hoped would reduce the amount of time her staff spent on paperwork. When her program started using the forms, Carol realized an additional benefit: many volunteers find the court report forms to be easier to use and less intimidating to complete than the forms they had been using.

After receiving requests from other programs to share the technology, Carol created a company, Fast eForms, to sell the forms to CASA and guardian ad litem programs. Programs purchase the form for a one-time fee, ranging from $99 – $999 depending on the form selected.

The following templates are currently available at www.fasteforms.com:

  •  CASA Report to the Court
  •  CASA Photo Cover Page (for Report)
  •  CASA Application
  •  CASA Reference Form
  •  CASA Volunteer Exit Survey

 “The templates are interactive, simple to use, able to be edited by both the volunteer and the CASA staff, and are able to be customized to your program. Fast eForms templates result in a professional work product that reflects positively on the reputation of your volunteers and your CASA program,” says Carol. “Not only are the forms budget friendly, they help make good things happen for the children you serve. What could be more valuable?”

National CASA is sharing this resource in hopes that other programs will benefit and does not profit from the purchase of Fast eForms.

Learn more about Carol and Fast eForms at their website, fasteforms.com.

 

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