What It Takes
CASA volunteers are
from diverse educational, cultural, and
give of their time and hearts to make an extraordinary difference for
some of Collin County's most vulnerable children.
The role of a CASA Advocate can be
separated into two main components: case investigation and monitoring.
New cases begin with a thorough, independent investigation by the CASA
Advocate. This investigation involves talking to both family members
and professionals with knowledge of the situation, as well as
collecting and reviewing related documentation. Most importantly,
the Advocate meets the child and begins what is hoped to be a
meaningful and positive relationship. From the gathered facts the
Advocate develops a set of recommendations for presentation to the
Once the initial court order is issued, the CASA Advocate's role changes
from investigator to monitor. The Advocate tracks compliance with
court orders and reports progress to the court at the next hearing. In
between court appearances the Advocate spends time with the child,
helping him or her cope with the situation and encouraging their
success with their foster families, schools, and therapy. Often the
Advocate is the only consistent person in the child’s life, as foster
homes, schools, and caseworkers change frequently. It is often the
Advocate who ensures visitation between siblings.
CASA of Collin County offers a complete training
schedule to our potential volunteers. After completing the
application to volunteer and scheduling a personal interview, an
applicant is then enrolled in a thirty hour training course. This
course offers workshops ranging from “The Dynamics of Abuse and
Neglect,” to “How to Testify in Court”. We are fortunate to have
respected, professional members of the community such as District
Court Judges, Child Protective Services Supervisors, and Assistant
District Attorneys participate in our training. Upon completion of
the training and a thorough background check, a volunteer is sworn in
as an Officer of the Court and can begin accepting CASA cases.
A benefit to being a CASA volunteer is that almost
all of the work can be done in the volunteer’s free time. 37.3%
of our volunteers work full-time, and can perform their
CASA tasks on their own schedule. However, if you do work, you will
need to get permission from your employer to attend the occasional
court hearing or case staffing. Also, because of the intensive and
quality training you will receive, we do ask for a one-year agreement to CASA upon being sworn in as a volunteer.
Call now about the next 30-Hour Volunteer Training
sessions. All days and times
of training must be attended. Your application and interview are to be
completed prior to training session.