Cass County CASA - Court Appointed Special AdvocatesCASA gives kids a voice!

You Can Make a Difference in a Child's Life

By volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), you would have an important role. Abused and neglected children sometimes believe adults don't care how they feel or what they want. The CASA volunteer can change that perception as they visit and get to know that child. They also work with the adults in the child's life and write recommendations for the judge which helps the judge to make decisions in that child's best interests. Often, the CASA volunteer is the only person the children can rely on to be a stable part of their life.

A CASA volunteer works with one family at a time and is a volunteer sworn in as an officer of the court. They are able to report to the court and remain involved with the child until that child is in a safe and permanent home.

Speaking Up for a Child Is Important and Rewarding

Becoming a CASA volunteer is a serious responsibility, but a rewarding experience. In an average of two hours per week, you can help an abused or neglected child receive what every child deserves – a safe, loving home. Will you speak up for a child in court by volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate?   Volunteer

CASA Volunteer Requirements

  • Be 21 years of age or older and have their own transportation
  • Be able to read and communicate clearly in English
  • Complete an application, pass a criminal background check and provide three references
  • Participate in at least 30 hours of training
  • Be honest, objective and able to appreciate and respect cultural diversity
  • Understand and respect confidentiality guidelines

CASA Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Maintain frequent contact with the assigned child and their family
  • Record pertinent information on the case and communicate effectively with all parties
  • Prepare written reports for and attend case-related hearings
  • Attend CASA training meetings and conferences
  • Represent the CASA program and maintain contact with the Cass County CASA office staff

Volunteer Today

CASA volunteer speaking with child

“I became a CASA volunteer hoping to have a positive influence in the life of just one abused or neglected child somewhere along the way.

Instead, every child I have come in contact with has made a positive change in me.  

My only regret is that I didn’t volunteer sooner."

Millie, Cass CASA Volunteer