CASA volunteers are everyday people – teachers, business people, retirees, stay-at-home parents, and grandparents – who are committed to making a difference for children who might otherwise slip through the cracks in an overburdened foster care system. They are appointed by judges to guide one child or one set of siblings through the system to safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. CASA volunteers research case records and speak to each person involved in a child’s life, including family members, teachers, doctors, lawyers, and social workers. They monitor the progress of the child and family throughout the case and advocate for the child’s current and future needs in court, in school, and in agency meetings. Their independent evaluations allow the court to make better-informed decisions.
CASA volunteers truly get to know the child and can give each case the sustained, personal attention it deserves.
We invite you to join our family of volunteers and make a difference in a child’s life – and your own!
A CASA Volunteer must:
- Be 21 years of age or older.
- Successfully pass screening and background check requirements.
- Successfully complete initial training provided by the CASA of Bell & Coryell Counties program
(30 hours of initial training plus 3 hours of courtroom observation & 12 hours of continuing education).
- Be able to make a 12-month minimum commitment to a case.
(An average of 10-20 hours per month)
- Be able to keep information confidential and work within established program guidelines.
Begin advocating for a child today!
The online application will be automatically submitted to our office. The other three forms should completed, signed, and returned to us by emailing them to Karli Barger, Recruitment and Training Coordinator, at email@example.com. They may also be dropped off or mailed to the office at the address below:
CASA of Bell & Coryell Counties
112 North Main Street
Belton, Texas 76513
Once your application packet is received, you will be contacted within one week of the application submission date.
Volunteer Advocate Training consists of 17 hours of classroom training, 13 hours of home learning assignments/activities, and 3 hours of CPS court observation.
We look forward to working with you as you begin your journey toward becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Thank you for your willingness to take this first step in forever changing the lives of children!
If you have additional questions, please contact Karli Barger, Recruitment and Training Coordinator, at (254) 831-9880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.