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Volunteer with CASA


Becoming a CASA Volunteer

So what does it take to become a CASA volunteer? First and foremost is a desire to help the most vulnerable of our children. The safety and protection of the children we serve is of paramount importance. All potential volunteers, before beginning training, undergo an extensive screening process. In addition to the application, volunteers are interviewed, references are obtained and verified, and background checks, including fingerprinting are conducted.

A CASA volunteer must serve as:

  • An impartial observer, conducting an independent investigation
  • An information gatherer, obtaining all relevant facts about the child
  • A reporter, to prepare and present written reports to the Court
  • A monitor, to ensure that the Court’s orders are carried out
  • Most of all, an advocate for the child’s best interest

Requirements

  • 21 years old
  • High school diploma
  • Fingerprint background check
  • Ability to attend court during working hours
  • No felony convictions or felony or misdemeanor charges pending involving a sex offense, child abuse or neglect, domestic violence or any other offense that might pose a risk to a child

Training

  • Complete 32 hours of initial pre-service training
  • Complete 12 hours of annual in-service training

Qualifications

  • Maintain confidentiality of all child, family and court information
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Ability to respect and relate to people from various backgrounds
  • Desire to advocate for a child and be his/her voice in Court.

Commitment

  • Be available for 3-5 hours per week to dedicate to CASA work
  • Commit to the length of a case (average 12-18 months)

For more volunteer information, please email Rebecca Lesley-Paulk, or contact her at 901-222-0694

CASA Volunteer Forms

Staff Contacts

Daphni Ishak, BA

CASA Program Director

Rebecca Lesley-Paulk

CASA Volunteer Recruitment and Training

Steve Moorman, BS

CASA Advocacy Coordinator

Ebonee Pittman, BS

Development Associate

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