CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to advocate for the best interest of a neglected or abused child. The primary responsibilities of a CASA volunteer include the following:
Gather information: Review documents and records, interview the children, family members and other parties
Provide written reports at court hearings
Appear in court
Recommend services: Share concerns about the child’s health, education, mental health, etc.
Visit child(ren) monthly
Time commitment typically depends on the stage of the case. Volunteers report that there is a greater time commitment at the beginning of a case. While the CASA volunteer experience is generally flexible and scheduled at the volunteer’s convenience, occasionally there are mandatory court hearings or meetings during business hours. A typical volunteer spends:
30 hours in pre-service training (15 hours in person/15 hours online)