Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteers
In an overburdened Child Welfare system, CASA volunteers are needed to safeguard the best interests of children who are in state custody in Wichita, Archer, Clay, and Montague counties due to abuse and neglect. A CASAs job is to:
- Interview the child, parents, family members, school officials, health providers and others who know the child’s history;
- Review all records concerning the case, including school, medical, psychological, and caseworker reports;
- Make recomendations to the court regarding a safe, permanent placement for the child.
What kinds of people serve as CASA volunteers?
People just like you. Being a CASA volunteer requires no specialized degrees or legal experience. It does require special people over the age of 21 who have:
- A concern for children;
- A genuine desire to help;
- The ability to remain objective;
- The maturity to deal with emotional situations;
- The commitment to complete a 30 hour training course;
- Sensitivity to people who are different from themselves;
- Access to transportation and a flexible schedule; and
- A willingness to devote approximately one year to complete an assigned case.
For more information visit our FAQ section.
Volunteers unable to commit to working on a child's case can also help by:
- Assisting with fundraising projects
- Serving on the board
- Helping with special events
- Helping in the office