Volunteer

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers come from many different backgrounds and walks of life. Whether you are an industry leader, a concerned community member, or someone with personal foster care experience, YOU can be a successful volunteer. You simply need to share our commitment to unbiased advocacy for the best interests of children, be over 21 years of age, and be able to pass a background check to apply. We provide all necessary tools, training, and oversight to support a mutually positive experience.

We strive to connect CASA children in need with volunteers who can best relate to, represent, and connect with them including those who are multilingual, BIPOC, and/or members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Please email us at volunteer@thecasaproject.org with any questions. 

Responsibilities

Investigate

Conduct a thorough independent investigation by reviewing all pertinent documents and records, helping a judge learn the nuances of each child’s current situation.

Interview

Seek input and perspectives from the child(ren) and all stakeholders including family of origin, social/case workers, caregivers, clinicians, and educators to help determine the facts of each child’s unique situation.

Monitor

Visit the child(ren) at least once a month to build a trusting relationship and monitor their well-being. The volunteer advocate may be the only consistent adult in the child’s life.

Report

Provide findings and information in written reports to the court. Volunteers are invited to accompany their supervisor to hearings or trials after completing our Court Etiquette Training.

Recommend

Make recommendations for specific services or resources for the child and family/caregiver(s) and advocate diligently for those that may not be immediately identified or available.

Advocate

Bring concerns regarding physical and/or mental health, education, and more to the appropriate professionals, and ensure that the child’s individual needs in these areas are being met.

Training

Each CASA Volunteer must complete a comprehensive training program, including an annual 12 hours of continuing education. We offer several virtual training sessions throughout the year to accommodate our volunteers.

Training is conducted by CASA Project Worcester County staff and covers all volunteer responsibilities. In addition, veteran volunteers participate in a CASA panel, answering questions and describing actual case experiences.

Each volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is assigned an Advocate Supervisor who provides assistance and guidance throughout the life of the case.

After completing training, a CASA is assigned to a case by a juvenile court judge. They then become the advocate and trusted adult for a child or sibling group. This role is time-consuming and fulfilling, needing a volunteer’s monthly commitment of 15-20 hours. Due to the everchanging nature of being a child in foster care, it is our goal to keep a CASA volunteer on the same case for its duration, which can be a few months or a few years. These children grow to trust and rely on their CASA volunteers for stability, and in return, your advocacy will bring hope and light to the lives of the children you serve.

Join us for one of our 2024 trainings listed below:

  • July 16th-August 1st, Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30AM-12PM
  • November 5th-14th, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 5:30PM-8PM

Ask CASA Series

Join CASA Project Worcester County’s Ask CASA trainings for greater insight into our mission, local partners, resources, and more! If you have any questions, email us at volunteer@thecasaproject.org and we will happily answer.

Volunteer now

The CASA Volunteer application can be completed online or by completing the PDF version and emailing it to volunteer@thecasaproject.org.

Thank you

Thank you to our more than 200 current, active Worcester County CASA Volunteers. It is because of you that hundreds of youth annually gain support on their path to a safe, permanent home, amplification of their voice in court, and hope for a brighter future.