What Does A CASA Volunteer Do?
Who Can Be A CASA Volunteer?
Anyone who meets the following criteria is eligible to train as a CASA volunteer. Final selection is at the discretion of the CASA program.
- Must be at least 21 years of age
- Must have the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing to prepare court reports and communicate with professionals
- Give a minimum one-year commitment once assigned
- Willing to donate 10-15 hours of service per month
- Complete a 40-hour training course
- Pass a background check including criminal, child abuse registry, sexual offender registry, and references
- Must possess mature judgment, high degree of responsibility and sufficient time to serve the best interest of the child
- Must be able to relate to persons of different cultures, ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic status
What Training Does A CASA Volunteer Receive?
CASA volunteers receive a combined total of 40 hours of in-person, pre-service training. Volunteers are also required to fulfill 12 hours of in-service training per year.
What Is The CASA Philosophy
How Long Does A CASA Volunteer Remain Involved With A Child’s Case?
Our CASA program requires a minimum of a one-year commitment with the ultimate goal of the volunteer
How Much Time Does It Require?
Each case is different. A CASA volunteer usually spends about 10-15 hours a month doing research and conducting interviews prior to court hearings.
How Are CASA Programs Funded?
Voices for Children Montgomery receives funding from the Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts, Montgomery County, and the Governor’s Office on Crime Control and Prevention. Voices for Children Montgomery also depends on community support. Foundations, corporations, fundraising events, annual giving, and grants are just some examples of the ongoing support received by Voices for Children.
How Effective Have CASA Programs Been?
Research suggests that children who have been assigned CASA volunteers are half as likely to re-enter foster care and are significantly less likely to spend time in long-term foster care. A child with a CASA volunteer is also more likely to do better in school, have better conduct, and more likely to find a permanent home.