Advocate Volunteers

"The lawyers know the statutes; the social workers the regulations. But the CASA volunteer is assigned to know the child, one child at a time." 

Anna Quindlen, author

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Who are CASA Volunteers?
Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers are members of the community- like you!

  • In cases of child abuse or neglect, CASA volunteers are the Judge's eyes and ears outside of court, and the child's voice in the courtroom

  • They work independent of, but in collaboration with, the Department of Human Services and attorneys, ensuring that the needs of the child are not overlooked in the complex system of child welfare

What do CASA Volunteers do?
  • CASA volunteers meet with the child, their family, and all adults that help shape the child's world

  • CASA volunteers read all court documents and case notes

  • From their reading, meetings, and observations, the CASA volunteer makes recommendations to the judge about what is in the best interest of the child

Why is this work so important?

  • We believe that every child deserves a safe and stable home

  • We know that children on this path have better outcomes when they have a consistent and caring adult to walk alongside them every step of the way and advocate on their behalf

  • We support family preservation and understand that it is in the best interests for children to rejoin their family as soon as safely possible, whenever possible

We recruit, screen, train, and support volunteers who:

  • understand the value of family history and connections

  • are sensitive to barriers that trauma experiences introduce

  • are culturally mindful

  • are committed to our mission to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children under the jurisdiction of the court

  • are driven to work collaboratively to help children connect with tools to process trauma, rebuild trust, and regain a sense of safety

  • become knowledgeable about the array of services available to help families reunite stronger & safer

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All Casa Volunteers are Required to:

  • Be at least 21 years old

  • Have a background free of violent crimes and crimes against children

  • Have good communication skills

  • Maintain confidentiality

Preferred qualities include:

  • A knowledge of child development and family relations

  • An ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing

  • Ability to be objective and respectful

  • Keen observation skills

 

How do I get Started?

Interested in learning more about volunteering as a CASA?

Email us at volunteer@yccasa.org

Ready to apply?
Download our applicant packet:

  1. Steps to becoming a CASA volunteer

  2. Understanding the Statute

  3. Volunteer Job Description

  4. Pre-Service Training Schedule

  5. Volunteer Application

  6. ODHS Background Check


Email your application and ODHS Background check hereYou’ll be on your way to making a difference in the life of a child!

Non-Advocate Volunteers

​For those that want to be involved but don’t have the ability to make the commitment of a court appointed special advocate, there are other ways to volunteer your time to this important work!

Non-advocate volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to:

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General
office support

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Plan
fundraisers

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Organize
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On-site event
support