FAQs

How does a CASA volunteer differ from a social service caseworker?
Caseworkers are employed by each county’s Department of Human Services, a government agency, and each has responsibility for many cases. CASA volunteers are able devote more time to the children assigned to them because they work on only one case at a time. CASA volunteers do not replace caseworkers. Instead, they compliment their activities and act as independent appointees of the Court.
What would I actually do as a CASA?
You will review records, research information, and talk to all the parties involved—social workers, attorneys, judges, parents, teachers, family members, therapists, care providers, and, of course, the children themselves. Building a trusting relationship with your child or children is an important and rewarding part of your role.

You will prepare reports to the court based on what you believe is best for the child, helping the judge make the most informed decisions possible. Through your reports to the court and recommendations to the judge, you will advocate to ensure the child receives the services he or she needs, to ensure that the court-approved plans for the child are being implemented, and to ensure that the child is placed in a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible.
What is the time commitment?
After our initial training course, a volunteer's average time commitment on a case is approximately 10 hours per month. The scheduling of your activities is flexible.

We ask each volunteer to commit to staying with his/her assigned child or sibling group until the case is closed. The average case lasts 18 – 24 months.
How will I know what to do?
You do not need any special kind of education or experience to serve as a CASA volunteer. We will provide you with all the training and support to serve as an effective advocate. You start with a 30-hour training course and you will be paired with a staff professional who supports and guides you through each case.