Volunteer

Statement of Purpose

CASA volunteers act as dedicated advocates for children who are involved in dependency, neglect, and abuse cases in the Family Court system.

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Essential Job Functions

  • Accept responsibility for the management and record keeping of a case assigned to the volunteer by a Family Court Judge
  • Interview the appropriate parties and document interactions for future reference and potential use as evidence in court proceedings
  • Maintain confidential records regarding the case including: appointment schedules, interview notes, medical records, court papers, and other documented information pertinent to the case
  • Attend all court hearings, foster care reviews, family team and case planning meetings, and all other hearings and meetings that pertain to the child whom he or she is representing
  • Ensure that the child's best interests are represented at every stage of the case
  • Submit recommendations concerning the case to the court in a signed, written report
  • Report any new incidents of child abuse or neglect to your assigned Advocate Volunteer Manager and the appropriate authorities
  • Contact your child(ren), assigned Advocate Volunteer Manager, and other interested parties involved in the case at least once per month
  • Act in a professional manner consistent with the standards established by the National CASA  organization
  • Dress and act professionally when performing any duties associated with the case
  • Avoid any potential conflict of interest, including prior familiarity with anyone associated with the child and becoming involved in cases that include family members

 

Qualifications

  • Must be 21 and older
  • Must pass extensive background check
  • Successful completion of high school diploma or GED requirements
  • Previous experience with child development and family relationship dynamics
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good organizational and record keeping skills
  • Dependable personal transportation with state-mandated insurance coverage
  • Ability to interact with individuals of different socioeconomic, cultural, and educational backgrounds in a variety of circumstances
  • Ability to interact professionally and objectively when faced with hostile, angry, frightened, and/or abusive individuals
  • Ability to gather and record factual information accurately
  • Ability to maintain confidential information and records
  • Successful completion of the classroom and court experience training mandated by National CASA Standards, as well as board-mandated training and development activities

 

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to work under stress and in a fast paced environment
  • Must be able to work under conditions, which require sitting, standing, walking, reaching, bending and stooping
  • Reasonable accommodation will be provided to qualified individuals with a disability, as necessary

 

Reporting Relationship

CASA volunteers report directly to the assigned Advocate Volunteer Manager and/or Executive Director

Complete our Volunteer Application and we will contact you with details on how you can begin making an important impact within our community!

CASA Volunteer Application Form

Volunteer- Friend of CASA Description

There are many ways to support CASA of the Heartland, including donating time and talent; serving as a board member, staff member, or volunteer advocate; or providing funding for administrative expenses. Situations routinely occur that require special training or expertise the organization does not possess, which can be difficult and expensive to obtain. When this occurs, CASA of the Heartland turns to professionals and skilled individuals who donate their time and expertise by serving on committees, addressing special needs, providing guidance to the board of directors, or simply performing tasks that are beyond the ability of the organization to accomplish.

Friends of CASA donate their services to address these needs, which in turn are shared on the website as a way of recognizing their contributions in support of CASA of the Heartland. It is just as important to answer a single important question or render a professional opinion as it is to lead a project. Therefore, any donation is accepted and appreciated, regardless of the time and effort required. Anyone interested in becoming a Friend of CASA is encouraged to contact the office at 270-982-2274 or by email at casastaff@casaheartland.org.

Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm

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