Commitment & Eligibility
We ask CASA volunteers to commit to at least one year of service. Two years is preferable, since many cases in the dependency court are not resolved within one year.
Additionally, CASAs must:
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Complete the application form
- Undergo a background check, including a criminal history check and child abuse clearance
- Participate in a screening interview
- Complete a minimum of 35 hours of initial training
- Sign a confidentiality agreement
- Take an oath in court agreeing to abide by the laws and policies relating to CASA
- Participate in a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education per year - as required by law
- Be willing to participate in court hearings (usually, 2 per year)
- Be able to travel to meetings, court, and other relevant appointments
- Be able to weigh facts carefully before reaching a conclusion and making a recommendation
Individuals are not eligible to become CASAs if they:
- Are under age 21 (although they may be invited to participate in the training program)
- Have a felony conviction or history of perpetrating child abuse/assault/neglect.
- Have a past or present relationship with Children & Youth Services that would be likely to create a conflict or compromise the advocate's role.
The initial training consists of 35 hours of instruction based on a curriculum developed by the National CASA Association. Topics covered include: the court and child protection systems; child development; cultural diversity; legal issues; interviewing; report-writing. Completion of training does not guarantee case appointment.