Next Volunteer Training
(Pre-Registration Required)

The next volunteer training will be held in January/February 2015. Orientation will be held on January 13th at 6:00 PM. Training is a combination of online and classroom instruction. Tuesday online classes start January 20th. Thursday classroom sessions start January 22th from 6 - 9 PM. One Saturday class from 9 AM -3 PM will be held and the date will be announced soon. Classes will end on February 19th. Details will be provided during Orientation.

Please print out our application on the "Become a C.A.S.A." above, and mail, fax, or bring it to our office.

Phone: (409) 832-2272
FAX: (409) 832-8260

CASA of Southeast Texas, Inc.
2449 Calder Ave.
Beaumont, TX 77702

 
 
 
 

Become A C.A.S.A.

What is C.A.S.A.?

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA Volunteers are ordinary people doing extraordinary things for abused children. CASA of Southeast Texas, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving Jefferson County since 1992. CASA was started in Seattle, Washington in 1977 by a judge to make sure that abused and neglected children did not suffer further in an overburdened and complex child welfare system.
You do not have to be a lawyer or social worker to become a CASA volunteer. These abused children simply need dedicated and devoted men and women willing to advocate for their best interests. Being a CASA volunteer requires no specialized degrees or legal experience. Being a CASA Volunteer means you:
  • Are at least 21 years old,
  • are willing to participate in an in-depth training program,
  • can pass criminal and CPS history background checks,
  • able to effectively communicate orally and in writing,
  • have a concern for children and a genuine desire to help,
  • have the ability of remain objective,
  • have the maturity to deal with emotional situations,
  • can be sensitive to people who are different from you,
  • have access to transportation and a flexible schedule,
  • are willing to devote at least one year to a child's case.

As a CASA volunteer, you will be given support guidance, tools, and training from professionals in the field to help you understand and work effectively within the child welfare system. You will develop communication techniques and cultural competency skills, and receive relevant child development training.

Once you are sworn in as a child advocate by a judge, you will be given constant support and guidance by professional staff as you search for information on what is in the child's best interest. You will get to know your CASA child and visit them regularly. You will review their case, gather new data and become familiar with the child's background. Then you will develop a report that is shared in the courtroom. Your recommendations will be considered by the judge when making decisions regarding the child.

As a child advocate, the CASA volunteer has four main responsibilities:
  • to be a friend and a constant in your CASA child's life,
  • to serve as a fact-finder for the judge by thoroughly researching the background of each assigned case,
  • to speak for your child's best interest in the courtroom
  • to advocate for the child during the life of the case, to ensure that it is brought to a swift and appropriate conclusion.

If you would like to become a CASA advocate, please print, complete and mail/fax the following required forms below, or call CASA at 832-2272.
 
To view and print our Volunteer Application and Background Check Form you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader which can be downloaded for free at www.adobe.com.
 
View, print and mail the completed and signed Volunteer Application and Background Check Form to:
          CASA of Southeast Texas
          2449 Calder Ave.
          Beaumont, TX 77702

Additional Information is available at: www.becomeacasa.org 
                                                                     www.nationalcasa.org
                                                                     www.texascasa.org