Children in foster care long to be a part of a safe, nurturing, and loving family. As a CASA volunteer, your role will be to help make this dream a reality.
A child is removed from their home due to child abuse, neglect, negligence, lack of parenting or support, mental illness, drug abuse issues, and more. The child or sibling group is then placed with a foster care individual or family.
There can be many adults involved in a foster care child’s life, including foster parents, biological parents, extended family members, attorneys, social workers, teachers, medical professionals, etc. However, as they come and go, a CASA volunteer is the one, consistent presence in the life of his or her assigned child or sibling group. Judges assign and empower CASA volunteers through the courts to advocate on behalf of their child(ren) to ensure that their voice is being heard and their best interests are being fulfilled.
By volunteering your time to help a child or sibling group in foster care, you may not only be creating positive changes in the lives of those children, but also in the lives of their future children and successive generations. Most CASA volunteers find that the experience enriches their own lives as well in many ways.
What do Volunteers do?
A CASA volunteer meets directly with his or her assigned child and also speaks with everyone of significance in that child’s life: parents, relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers, and others. The CASA then uses the information he or she has gathered to develop a report with the help of a CASA Case Manager. This report is then used in court to inform the judge and others involved in the child’s case what the child’s situation, environment, and needs are, and to make recommendations in the best interest of the child ( permanent placement, counseling, activities, tutoring, etc.).
Who can be a Volunteer?
We welcome adults from all professions and backgrounds. We are looking for individuals who care and are passionate about children, and who have the ability to gather information and make sensible recommendations. All CASA volunteers receive thorough training, and are well supported by professional CASA staff members.
What are the CASA Volunteer Requirements?
- Be at least 21 years old
- Pass a background check
- Participate in a 30-hour, specialized training course
- Agree to remain with your assigned case until it is closed ( 18 to 24 months is the average length)
- Complete 12 hours of in-service training annually
How do I become a CASA Volunteer?
Contact us for more information, or to set up an interview:
Call: Yvonne Heatley, Executive Director at 570.988.2200
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
All training sessions will be held at the HandUp Foundation at 262 Willow Street, Milton PA.
Saturday, September 29, 2018 Thursday, October 4, 2018 Saturday, October 6, 2018 Thursday, October 11, 2018
Saturday, October 13, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 Thursday, October 25, 2018
Swearing-In Ceremony (Induction): Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. , Lycoming County Courthouse, Courtroom #5
Click here to download our CASA Volunteer application!
NEXT TRAINING CLASS will be held in mid to late November 2018, and completed by 2018 year’s end. More info to come!