CASA Volunteers - ordinary people doing extraordinary work.
CASA volunteers are assigned to an abuse or neglect case by judges. They conduct thorough research on the background of the case, reviewing documents, interviewing everyone involved, including the child. They make reports to the court, recommending what they believe is best for the child, providing the judges with information that will help them make an informed decision. CASA volunteers can be instrumental in assuring that a child or family receives services which the court has ordered - things like substance abuse counseling or special education testing. During the life of a case, a CASA volunteer monitors the child's situation to make sure they remain safe. CASA volunteers may be the only constant the child knows as they move through the labyrinth of the child welfare system.
- are 21 years of age or older
- have completed a high school education or equivalent
- are willing to commit to an average of 5-10 hours per month for 2 years as a volunteer
- act as an independent investigator and represent the best interest of the child
- write and submit monthly summaries and activity log sheets and written reports to the court
- do NOT have any felony convictions involving domestic violence or child abuse/neglect
- NOT a current employee of the Juvenile Justice Center or Children's Division (formerly known as DFS)
- NOT a current foster care provider in Greene County, Missouri