For children who’ve been abused or neglected, CASA means having a home instead of feeling lost, and being a priority instead of feeling invisible.
For volunteers, CASA is a life-changing experience that makes our community a better place.
A CASA volunteer is a court appointed, trained and committed adult who ensures that each child’s individual needs remain a priority in an over-burdened child welfare system. They get to know the child while also gathering information from the child’s family, teachers, doctors, care givers and anyone else involved in the child’s life in order to provie the court with factual information and voice their concerns to help the judge decide what is best for the child.
CASA volunteers come from every walk of life and share a commitment to improving children’s lives, a willingness to learn, and an open mind towards life experiences different from their own.
If you are looking for a meaningful and enriching volunteer opportunity in your community and want to do something about child abuse, CASA is right for you. We hope you decide to join our community of volunteers.
The CASA volunteer must be 21 years of age, complete the required interview process and pre-service training to become an advocate.
To advocate successfully for a CASA child, the volunteer will conduct an independent investigation and successfully report concerns and the child’s wishes to the court. The CASA volunteers will be expected to understand the responsibilities and advocacy role as outlined below
Sumner County CASA Volunteer Responsibilities
- Commit to and sign a Pledge of Confidentiality each time a case is assigned.
- Commitment of at least one year of service to a child, depending on the case.
- Remain a neutral party throughout the investigation.
- Review all documents pertaining to the child.
- Have direct and sufficient contact with the child to carry out an independent and valid investigation of the child’s circumstances.
- Regularly monitor the child in his/her home setting.
- Interview parents, family members and anyone who plays a significant role in the child’s life.
- Verify accuracy of information/allegations gained during the investigation.
- Identify facts and changes in the child’s situation that may necessitate the case’s return to court.
- Ensure that the child’s wishes are known to the court at every opportunity.
- Consult with the volunteer supervisor throughout the life of the case.
- Report observations, facts and concerns about the best interest for the child during hearings and reviews.
- Attend in-service education, on-going training or CASA credit events, as scheduled, with a required minimum attendance of 12 hours per calendar year.