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Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

Job Description

 

A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is a trained, citizen volunteer appointed by a dependency court judge to investigate the circumstances of a child who has been removed from his/her home because of abuse or neglect. The information a CASA provides to the court assists the judge in making more informed decisions about the children who appear before him/her.   

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Anyone over the age of 21 who is committed to helping children may apply to become a CASA volunteer. No special educational background is required, but volunteers must have good communication skills, common sense and good problem solving skills. CASA volunteers need to have access to a car, have a good driving record and be able to show proof of state-required automobile liability coverage. Volunteers must also undergo a thorough background check.

 

REQUIREMENTS & RESPONSIBILIES:

  • Complete the 30-hour training program through CASA of Siskiyou County
  • Make a commitment to serve as a CASA for a minimum of two years
  • Be willing to donate time each week to work on your child’s case
  • Maintain regular contact with the child
  • Maintain strict confidentiality
  • Review appropriate records and reports
  • Visit institutions, foster homes or group homes where the child is placed or may be placed
  • Confer with counselors, teachers, social workers, foster care providers, attorneys, parents or other family members, etc. who may be involved with the case
  • Maintain objectivity and professionalism in dealing with all other parties involved
  • Maintain records of all findings and document all contacts made
  • Submit monthly documentation of time spent and contacts made
  • Maintain contact with the CASA staff
  • Submit thorough, independent, written reports to the court two weeks prior to all court hearings
  • Appear in court as needed to answer questions or testify on findings or recommendations
  • Monitor court orders to ensure services to the child are being furnished in a timely manner and placement is appropriate
  • Remain involved in the case until the court's jurisdiction is terminated
  • Complete 12 hours of continuing education each year. CASA of Siskiyou County provides many educational opportunities.

 

RESTRICTIONS:

There are a few restrictions to becoming a CASA volunteer.  A CASA cannot be:

  • A current foster parent
  • In the process of adopting a child through the dependency system
  • Involved in a dependency court matter