STAND UP FOR ABUSED CHILDREN SO THEY CAN STAND A CHANCE
Every year, abused and neglected children are placed in foster care because they are unable to live safely at home. Imagine what it would be like to lose your parents, not because of something you did, but because they cannot or will not take care of you. Now, into these children's lives comes dozens of strangers: police, foster parents, therapists, social workers, judges, lawyers and more. Hopefully, one of these strangers is a CASA Volunteer. CASA Volunteers watch over and advocate for these abused and neglected children to make sure they don't get lost in the overburdened legal system or languish in an inappropriate group or foster home. They stay with each case until it is closed, and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many children, their CASA Volunteer is a constant adult presence and is the one who advocates for them.
Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer
CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as officers of the court. As a CASA you would establish and maintain contact with a child. CASAs are community volunteers who are professionally trained to gather information about the child and his/her family, identify needs and possible services, speak on behalf of the child in court and monitor court orders and case plans to make sure that the case is moving forward. Responsibilities include meeting with the child monthly; talking with case managers, parents and foster parents; and writing reports for and attending court hearings.
Requirements to become a CASA Volunteer
Volunteers must be 21 or older
Volunteers need to commit one to two years of service after you have completed training
Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license, your own transportation, and be able to travel to surrounding counties if needed
Volunteers need some daytime flexibility to attend court hearings and case related meetings
Volunteers must submit to a criminal background check
Volunteers must attend a 33-hour training before becoming a volunteer advocate
If you are a student you will need to live in or be near Bloomington during the summer
Last year we helped 247 children find a way out of abuse and neglect.
You can make a real difference in the life of a child by volunteering today.