CASA Volunteer Job Description
Rockdale Mission Statement: Rockdale CASA Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to be a child’s voice in court. Through the use of trained and supervised volunteers, abused and neglected children will have an advocate to represent their best interests, to advocate for resources, and to help the legal system be more child-focused, one child at a time; so that a child’s right to a permanent and safe home is ensured.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Visit the child.
• Gather independent information about the child to make recommendations to the court in the child’s best interest.
• Interview the parents, guardians or caretakers.
• Interview the social worker or other service providers.
• Review records related to the family.
• Seek cooperative solutions with other participants in the child’s case.
• Prepare written reports for court hearings.
• Attend and participate in court hearings and other related meetings.
• Testify, if needed, to inform the court of changes in the child’s situation.
• Identify potential resources within the family and community to meet the child’s needs.
• Keep all information and records confidential.
• Monitor provisions of service plans and court orders.
• Explain the role of the CASA to every child, and keep the child informed about the court proceedings.
• Consult with local program staff for guidance and support.
• Advocate for the child in the community.
• Maintain focus on the child until permanency is achieved.
• Ensure the court knows the child’s wishes.
Qualifications: The main qualification is a sincere concern for children. The volunteer must be a mature adult with good written and verbal communication skills. A CASA volunteer must be able to attend all court hearings. The volunteer must be able to commit to the program for at least one year or preferably until permanency is achieved. Essential qualities include the ability to be objective and non judgmental. Every volunteer must complete a 40 hour comprehensive training program.
Requirements: The process of becoming a CASA volunteer requires a written application including four references, two personal and two professional, a criminal record check and a federal fingerprint check. The minimum age is 21 to become a CASA volunteer. A personal interview will be conducted prior to the training program. The volunteer must complete a 40 hour required training program, which may include court observation. The fully trained and screened volunteer will be sworn in by the juvenile court judge prior to the assignment of his/her first case. A CASA’s appointment lasts until a case reaches permanency.
Training and Supervision: The pre-service training program developed by National CASA and adapted by Rockdale CASA is offered through the local CASA office. CASA volunteers are also provided with ongoing training by the Program Director. Program staff supervises CASA volunteers.
Rockdale CASA, Inc. PO Box 484 Conyers, Georgia 30012 email@example.com 770-761-0202 fax 770-761-7765