In an effort to provide you with the quickest information, please find answers below to commonly asked questions about our organization. If you can’t find the answer here, please do not hesitate to contact us.
- How can I become a CASA volunteer?
- How much time will I have to commit to CASA?
- What type of training is involved, and how long does it take to complete?
- What does a CASA advocate do?
- What are the Volunteer Qualifications?
- Can I do community service with CASA?
- Can I report Child Abuse or Neglect to You?
Contact us by completing the contact form. We will contact you as soon as possible during the next business day and provide you an application, set up a time to discuss the opportunity further, and enroll you in the next training class.
CASA volunteers generally donate about 8-10 hours per month on a case. Because we want our CASAs to remain on the case from start to finish, it takes a minimum of a two year commitment.
What type of training is involved, and how long does it take to complete?
National CASA requires 30 hours of intensive training. The training program is set up to expose the potential volunteer to child welfare services, the court system, interviewing techniques, case review, child development, and cultural sensitivity among other things. CASA Partners 4NMKIDS uses a self-paced form of training, so the time spent in a classroom varies depending on the volunteer’s availability and prior experience. It generally lasts about 6 weeks with one 2 hour session each week with the instructor.
What does a CASA advocate do?
A CASA advocate gets a case assigned by the local judge. Once the CASA has a case, that volunteer will thoroughly review documents and interview everyone associated with the case including the children involved in the case. They submit reports to the judge giving their recommendations and providing important information to aid the judge in making an informed decision as to what would be in the best interest of the child. The CASA is often instrumental in assuring that a child or family receives court ordered services such as substance abuse counseling, speech and language testing, medical services, and family counseling. As long as the case is active, the advocate monitors the situation and acts as a constant support for the child as they move through the maze of the child welfare system.
What are the Volunteer Qualifications?
1. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old.
2. They must complete a written application, a criminal background check (with no felony convictions), a brief personal interview, and a reference check.
3. They must complete the thirty (30) hour pre-training program and twelve (12) hours of in-service training annually.
4. They must share a concern for the children of our community!
Can I do community service with CASA?
This is not recommended due to the expensive and extensive training to become a CASA. It takes a long term commitment and even filing requires you to go through the training process and be sworn in by the judge due to the extreme confidentiality required of a CASA.
Can I report Child Abuse or Neglect to You?
Unfortunately, no. We do not have the authority to investigate allegations of abuse or neglect. However, if you believe a child is in immediate danger, please dial 911 and report it to the local authorities. To report suspected child abuse or neglect call #SAFE (#7233) from a cell phone or 1-855-333-SAFE.