Volunteer

Volunteer

Take the first step to becoming a CASA advocate:

VOLUNTEER!

CASA volunteers are everyday people – teachers, accountants, health care professionals, retirees, and stay-at-home parents. CASAs 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 and individualized attention it deserves.

We invite you to join our family of volunteers and make a difference in a child’s life – and your own!

Qualifications

A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) 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).
  • Be able to make a 12-month minimum commitment to a case.
    (An average of 15-25 hours per month)
  • Complete 12 hours of continuing education per year.
  • Maintain confidentiality and work within established program guidelines.

Getting Started

Begin advocating for a child today!

Volunteer Advocate Application

CPS and SSN Consent Form

Volunteer Advocate Questionnaire

The online application will be automatically submitted to the CASA of Bell and Coryell Counties office. The additional two forms above should completed and returned to us by emailing them to kbarger@casabellcoryell.org. They may also be dropped off or mailed to our office at the address below:

CASA of Bell & Coryell Counties
Attention: Recruiter/Trainer
112 North Main Street
Belton, Texas 76513

 

Once your application is received, you will be contacted within two weeks of the application submission date by a CASA staff member and, if your application is accepted, you will receive a formal invitation to join our next round of CASA volunteer Pre-Service Training.

 

CASA Pre-Service Training

Volunteer Advocate Training consists of 17 hours of classroom training, 13 hours of home learning assignments/activities, and 3 hours of CPS courtroom observation.

Please view our upcoming training schedules below.

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!

July-August 2019 Pre-Service Training Schedule

September-October Pre-Service Training Schedule

If you have additional questions, please contact Karli Barger, Recruitment and Training Coordinator, at (254) 831-9880 or email kbarger@casabellcoryell.org.