Become a volunteer
Imagine the experience of a young girl who is removed from her home because her parents, who are responsible for protecting her, are actually causing her harm. She is placed in a foster home and thrust into the child welfare system where strangers decide her fate. This is where CASA steps in.
CASA volunteers provide a voice to abused and neglected children by:
– spending quality time with their assigned child/sibling group each month;
– keeping in contact with family, caregivers, teachers, social workers,
therapists, and other adults involved in the case;
– attending case meetings and reviewing documents related to the child and
– providing a report to the juvenile court judge that details the child's
circumstances and needs, in addition to recommended services and
Who Can Volunteer
CASA volunteers come from all walks of life, but share a commitment to improving children's lives. Many hold full-time employment. No special professional or educational experience is required, but potential volunteers must be at least 21 years of age and able to pass extensive background checks. A CASA volunteer's work requires approximately five hours each week. It will be the most challenging volunteer work you will ever do. It can also be the most gratifying work you will do, knowing that you can be a powerful voice in a child's life.
Volunteer Training and Supervision
Volunteers attend 40 hours of training prior to being inducted into our program. Individuals interested in becoming an advocate must apply and be accepted into the training program. Potential volunteers are selected on the basis of their objectivity, competence, commitment, and concern for children. Once inducted into the program, each volunteer works with a CASA staff supervisor who provides guidance throughout the court process.
During the pandemic there continues to be a need for advocacy for children experiencing abuse and neglect. Chesterfield CASA continues to screen and train new volunteers, but our interview and training process are now conducted virtually. Training is offered in the Spring and Fall and applications are accepted throughout the year. CASA volunteers continue to fulfill their duties, but in many cases are conducting home visits virtually or socially distanced in an outdoor setting.
For more information about becoming a CASA volunteer, contact us at 276-7660 or complete our inquiry form.