A Court Appointed Special Advocate is a trained community volunteer, appointed by a district judge, to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in court.
CASA volunteers are everyday people – teachers, business people, retirees, stay-at-home moms, and grandparents – who are committed to making a difference for children who might otherwise slip through the cracks in an overburdened foster care system. They are appointed by judges to guide one child or one set of siblings through the system to safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. CASA volunteers research case records and speak to each person involved in a child’s life, including family members, teachers, doctors, lawyers, and social workers. They monitor the progress of the child and family throughout the case and advocate for the child’s current and future needs in court in school, and in agency meetings. Their independent evaluations allow the court to make better informed decisions.
In order to best support our volunteer advocates in their work, each volunteer is paired with a staff Advocacy Supervisor who provides continued, one-on-one guidance and support to the advocate as he/she works a case.
The CASA volunteer advocate experience is unlike any other volunteer experience out there, and there are a number of minimum requirements that must be met in order to become an advocate.
A CASA Volunteer must:
Once you’ve made the decision that becoming an Advocate is your goal, submit the following forms/documents:
To ensure the safety of our volunteers, staff and the children we serve, CASA for the Cross Timbers Area will only accept volunteer applicants who pass both a criminal and child abuse background check.
We will review your application and get in touch with you to arrange an interview. This in-person interview will help us get to know you better, and provide you with even more information you need to determine whether the CASA volunteer experience is right for you. We are also carefully discerning whether your skills, strengths, and available time are a match for the needs of the children we serve. After the interview, you will be contacted with training information.
"To give a child a CASA is to give them a voice. To give them a voice is to give them hope. And to give them hope is to give them the world. I believe that with all my heart." - Pamela Butler, former foster youth