Volunteers from all cultures, professions, ethnic and educational backgrounds are needed.
- CASA volunteers are selected through application, interview, references and criminal background check
- You will receive 32 hours of training in courtroom procedures, relevant laws, available social services and the special needs of abused and neglected children
- CASA volunteers never handle a case alone. They receive support, supervision, and ongoing instruction from trained staff.
- CASAs average about 10 hours of service a month, and work on one case at a time
- A two-year commitment is required, as many cases take that long to be resolved.
CASA volunteers are there for a child in a way others aren’t.
- CASA volunteers become involved and have an opportunity to make a difference.
- You will closely monitor your case, reviewing all written reports, and talking to all relevant people on a regular basis, including caseworkers, parents, relatives, teachers, therapists, other court officials and law enforcement
- CASA volunteers meet with their child at least once a month
- CASA volunteers must submit a report for every scheduled court review, and maintain high standards of confidentiality.
About CASA for KIDS
CASA is a national and state network of volunteer advocate programs. There are 35 CASA programs in Ohio and 950 nationally.
The Geauga County program was founded in 1997 by Judge Charles Henry, and maintains an average of 55 volunteers. To date, more than 876 kids have been helped by 247 CASA volunteers in Geauga County alone.
To find out more about volunteering as a CASA, please call Chris Steigerwald, Program Director, at (440) 279-1696 or send an e-mail with your contact information.