You don’t have to be a lawyer or a social worker to become a CASA. Just a person with a desire to help, learn, and commit themselves to advocating for the rights of a foster child.
If you are over 21 years old, are able to work with children and adults in a tactful and compassionate manner, and can respect and relate to people with different economic, sexual and educational backgrounds, then you’re eligible to become a CASA. You will need to be available during the day to attend court once a month or more.
All volunteer advocates go through extensive training before being paired with a child. Everyone joining the CASA program should be able to attend six weeks of training sessions. (Two days/nights a week)
CASA volunteers must commit to a minimum of 18 months of working with us, and visit with their youth and his or her team and family members 1-2 times per month.
A CASA must be willing to collaborate with our small, passionate team of case supervisors, as well as build relationships with social workers, judges, teachers and attorneys. Our advocates are open to feedback, ready to learn, and ready to be challenged by different views than their own.
You will advocate for your assigned child in the court room, in front of a judge and other adults involved in the child’s case. CASA volunteers should be comfortable and eloquent while speaking in front of others and be able to articulate their thoughts in a clear, respectful and concise way.
Please note that CASAs are exposed to sensitive information throughout the course of their work with abused and neglected youth.
Are you ready to become a CASA? Not sure? Sign up for an information session at our offices, located at 1320 G Street in Geneva, NE. We will contact you to let you know when the next session will be held. There is no obligation.