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.
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