Volunteer Job Description
EDDY COUNTY CASA (COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATE)
CASA VOLUNTEER JOB DESCRIPTION
A CASA is a volunteer appointed by the Children’s Court of the Fifth Judicial District to ensure that the needs of a child who may have been neglected or abused are met. In order to do this, the CASA must investigate the facts of the case, recommend a course of action to the court, facilitate the resolution of the presenting problems, and monitor progress toward established goals.
Qualifications of a CASA
- Interest in children, their rights and special needs.
- Time to devote to training sessions, investigation and follow-up of a case assigned (usually a one-year commitment averaging 4 hours a week).
- Ability to work with a child, family members, professionals using tact, concern, and basic human relations skills.
- Ability to communicate verbally and in writing—making verbal and written reports to the court, to the program director, and to other persons as needed.
Requirements of a CASA
- Attend basic training sessions, approximately 30 hours in length.
- Maintain strict confidentially.
- Attend in-service training sessions on an on-going basis, 10-12 per year. (Must complete 12 hours of in-service training per year.)
- After basic training, serve at least one child until a permanent plan has been implemented, often a period of one year.
- Keep the program director informed of all activities and confer with him/her periodically.
- Maintain an up-to-date and complete file on each case assigned.
- Attend CASA group meetings to share ideas and concerns with other CASA’s.
- Be aware of deadlines and timetables involving an assigned case, and turn in all reports on time.
Specific Duties of a CASA
- Upon assignment to a case, interview the child, family members, foster family, teachers, social workers, and other interested parties to determine the facts. (Many interviews are done by phone, some must be in person. In addition, any home suggested as a permanent or temporary placement for the child must be visited.)
- Prepare a written report stating findings and a recommendation for a permanent disposition of the case, and submit the report no less than seven days prior to the court hearing.
- Appear in court as needed for review hearings. Continue follow-up contacts, submit supplementary reports, and make new recommendations as needed, until a final disposition is made.
- Bring any significant changes in the family situation to the attention of the court.