Become a CASA Volunteer

Voices for Children: CASA Volunteer Job Description

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:

  •  To recommend to the court, based on fact fining and research, the best interest of the child   or children.
  •  To support and to work toward the mission and goals of CASA: that every child has the right to a safe and permanent home.
  • To provide the support and assistance required to assure a safe, permanent homefor children.

REPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION:

  • Interview all parties involved with the assigned case.
  • Maintain documented records of findings.
  • Keep an updated contact log of all contacts as well as any time spent on the case.
  • Confer with Case Manager a minimum of once every two weeks and prior to any final   decision.
  • Attend all staffings concerning the child or children to whom you may be assigned.
  • Discuss court reports and recommendation with the Case Manager prior to preparing the court report.
  • Prepare all court reports and submit to the Case Manager 21-days [15 business days] prior to the scheduled court hearing.
  • Monitor case to ensure court orders are being carried out and services to the child/children are being provided and placement is appropriate.
  • Appear in court to represent the child/children “Best Interest”.
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times.

REQUIREMENT OF THE POSITION:

  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age.
  • Complete a written volunteer application.
  • Complete a screening process including, but not limited to, criminal, sex offender and CPS
  • Complete the initial 30-hour “CASA Volunteer” training.
  • Sign a “Statement of Commitment”.
  • Sign a “Pledge of Confidentiality”.
  • Appear before the court and be sworn in as a representative through the CASA program.
  • Complete a “Post Training Interview” after completing the initial training course.
  • Maintain 12-hours per year of continue education that assist in providing direct service to children and/or the program services.

QUALIFICATIONS OF THE POSITION:

  • Willingness to work within the guidelines, policies and standards of the court and Voices for Children [CASA].
  • Good human relations skills and the willingness to be open and objective.
  • Commitment to represent the “Best Interest” of the children you are assigned to.
  • Time, interest and the energy to do the job.
  • Ability and willingness to receive guidance and direction from the program and staff.
  • Ability to work part of a team.
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Sensitivity toward cultural and ethnic difference.
  • Ability and commitment to maintain clear documented records throughout the assignment.
  • Ability to formulate and maintain an independent position throughout the assignment.
  • Understanding the importance of confidentiality and the personal commitment to maintain confidentiality at all times.

To view the CASA Job Desription as a PDF, click CASA Volunteer Job Description or as a Microsft Word Document, click CASA Job Desciption.

 

 CASA Volunteer Application and Background Check

Speak up for a child in need… Become a CASA Volunteer.  Download the application form below, fill it out, and fax it to (409) 762-0189.

 

Volunteer Training

As a CASA advocate, you receive ample training to complete the position sufficiently and become an outstanding advocate! The CASA program requires 30 hours of in depth, pre-service training which is offered quarterly. In addition, the CASA program offers in-training once every month.

Mark your calendars! Our next CASA volunteer training is scheduled for April 29, 2013 through May 13, 2013, Monday through Friday from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

If you have any questions about our CASA program or about becoming a CASA volunteer , please do not hesitate to contact RCC at 409-763-1441.

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