“I have had the opportunity to touch the lives of some children in a beneficial way. The “grand prize” has been seeing the children from an unfortunate situation adopted into a loving and stable family.”
CASA Volunteer Advocate since 2001
What is a CASA?
Becoming a CASA volunteer is an investment of time, energy and heart. But, as many volunteers have said of the children they work with: “It wasn’t about what I gave them; it was what they showed me.”
CASA Volunteer Advocates are everyday citizens appointed by District Court Judges to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who are victims of parental abuse and neglect. They stand up for these children and change their lives. CASA volunteers are ordinary people who are concerned about the happiness and safety of all children.
You do not need a social work background or legal expertise, just willing to give your time to make an extraordinary difference in the lives of Collin County’s most vulnerable children. Part of the CASA program’s success has been its diversity of volunteers, full-time workers and stay-at-home parents, retirees and college students, people of all races, religions, and economic backgrounds. We do require that our volunteers are 21 or older and successfully pass our background screening, but all other skills and knowledge are taught in our extensive training program.
What Do CASA Volunteers Do?
CASA volunteers give an average of 15 to 20 hours per month to a case. They get to know the child and talk with everyone in that child’s life—parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and others. They use the information they gather to inform judges and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them. The CASA volunteer is often the only consistent and caring adult presence in the life of a foster child and their voice in court during the difficult and lengthy process of finding a safe and permanent home.
- Be at least 21 years old
- Be willing to attend an Information Session, complete the online application, necessary background checks, provide references and participate in an interview
- Complete a minimum of 35 hours of pre-service training and observe court
- Be willing to commit to the CASA program for at least 12-18 months
- Be available to testify during for court appearances, with advance notice
- Attend 12 hours of additional in-service training on an annual basis