“It is rewarding-and sad- to see and hear the gratitude for very small acts of kindness, from kids who have never felt they had anyone to depend on. I told one of my CASA kids recently how much I admire his ability to make the best of a bad situation after his father abandoned him and left the state. He said that if the person who was supposed to love him and care for him treated him that way….. He’d better learn to take care of himself. That saddens me, but it also inspires me to help him achieve his goals. There would be some justice in that.”

– Ken,
CASA Volunteer Advocate since 2011


FAQs


The time commitment to a case varies depending upon the nature and the stage of the case. Volunteers sometimes say that there is a greater amount of work in the beginning of the case, when they are conducting their initial research. On average, you can expect to spend approximately 15 – 20 hours a month on a case. Once a volunteer is assigned to a case, he/she must have face to face contact with the child at least twice a month which may require travel outside of Collin County. Some time is also spent making contact with people who are involved in the child’s life.
We ask for a minimum of a 12 month commitment.
No special background or education is required to become a CASA volunteer. We encourage people from all cultures and professions, and of all ethnic and educational backgrounds. Once accepted into the program, you will receive all necessary training in courtroom procedures, social services, the juvenile justice system and the special needs of abused and neglected children.
CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court and other settings. The primary responsibilities of a CASA volunteer are to:

  • Gather information: Conduct thorough research through review of documents and records, and speaking with children, family members and professionals in their lives.
  • Document findings: Provide written reports at court hearings.
  • Appear in court: Advocate for the child’s best interests and provide testimony when necessary.
  • Recommend services: Ensure that the children and their family are receiving appropriate services and advocate for those that are not immediately available. Bring concerns about the child’s health, education, mental health, etc. to the appropriate professionals.
  • Monitor case plans and court orders: Check to see that plans are being followed.
  • Keep the court informed: Update the court on developments with agencies and family members.
Studies show that a child with a CASA moves more quickly through the foster care system, receives more services and is significantly more likely to attain a degree.
You will be supported every step of the way by your Case Supervisor. You will also have opportunities for continuing education locally with CASA of Collin County and Texas CASA, and have access to online resources provided by National CASA, including a resource library, national Facebook community and national conference. Additionally, if you have a spouse, significant other, or close friend who would like to be a supporting role in your CASA case, we provide a training called “Helping Hands” for these individuals. Please see our Helping Hands flyer for more information.

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