Become a CASA Volunteer
What is the role of CASA volunteer? A CASA volunteer advocates for the best interest of an abused or neglected child by gathering and researching background information to provide a recommendation based on facts to the Judge so a sound decision can be determined on permanent or temporary placement of the child. It is always the goal of the courts and CASA for reunification whenever possible. However, all recommendations are based on what is in the best interest of the child.
What is CASA? A Court Appointed Special Advocate is a trained volunteer appointed by a Harrison County Youth Court Judge to speak for the best interests of an abused and neglected child. By handling only one or two cases at a time, the CASA has time to thoroughly explore the history and circumstances of each assigned case and make recommendations based on facts.
What are the requirements to be a CASA?
- Must be 21 years of age .
- Complete volunteer application, background check forms and provide three references
- Ability to keep all clients and court information confidential
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
- Ability to respect and relate to people from various backgrounds
- Ability to transport self
- Ability to maintain objectivity
- A basic understanding of child development and family relationships
- Good common sense
- Does not require specific educational training beyond a high school diploma or GED
What are the CASA volunteer responsibilities?
- Complete an extensive, independent review of case
- Meet face-to-face with child (children) on regular basis
- Report findings by submitting formal reports at every scheduled hearing/review
- Insure representation of the child’s best interest
- Monitor case following a court hearing or decision as designated by the court
- Consult regularly with your Volunteer Coordinator concerning assigned case
What does the training involve?
- CASA volunteers are required to attend approximately 30 hours of pre-service training and 12 hours of in-service training annually
- CASA volunteers follow guidelines established by the National CASA Association
- CASA volunteers must view one hour of court proceedings at Harrison County Youth Court
- CASA volunteers receive direct supervision and guidance from program staff.
- CASA volunteers are encouraged to call their Executive Director at any time with any questions/concerns
What is the time commitment?
- Volunteers are required to make a minimum of one year commitment to the program
- Volunteers are required to attend all court hearings on their cases
- Volunteers are expected to be available for case assignment and to accept cases immediately upon completion of pre-service training, unless other arrangements have been made
What is the first step in becoming a CASA Volunteer?
Please print and fill-out the Volunteer Application and Background Check and call Executive Director for interview at CASA of Harrison County at 228-865-7078. Thank you for considering CASA of Harrison County and our training team looks forward to meeting you.
Winter 2020 Schedule
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Thursday, January 23 2020
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Oath Ceremony February 6, 2020