Volunteer Your Time to Change Children’s Lives.
No special background or education is required to become a CASA volunteer. We encourage people from all cultures and professions, and of all ethnic and educational backgrounds. Once accepted into the program, you will receive all necessary training in courtroom procedures, social services, the juvenile justice system and the special needs of abused and neglected children.
- Be 21 years old
- Be willing to complete necessary background checks, provide references and participate in an interview
- Complete a minimum of 34 hours of pre-service training
- Be available for court appearances, with advance notice
- Be willing to commit to the CASA program until your first case is closed
What a CASA Does
Volunteering as a CASA means you get to know the child and talk with everyone in that child’s life – parents, relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers, and others. Using the information gathered, CASA volunteers inform the judges in charge of the case and others of what the child needs. A volunteer:
- Gathers information: Conducts thorough research through document and record review and interviews.
- Provides document findings: Writes written reports for the Chelan or Douglas County court systems.
- Appears in court: Advocates for the child’s best interests, providing testimony if necessary.
- Explains what is going on: Helps the child understand the court proceedings.
- Acts as “the glue”: Seeks cooperative solutions among individuals and other community based organizations involved in the children’s lives.
- Recommends services: Ensures that the children and their family are receiving appropriate services, advocating for those not immediately available. Brings concerns about the child’s physical and mental health, education, etc. to the appropriate professionals.
- Monitors case plans and court orders: Checks to see that plans are being followed and mandated review hearings are being held.
- Keeps the court informed: Updates the court on developments with agencies and family members. Ensures that appropriate motions are filed on behalf of the child so the court knows about any changes in the child’s situation.
CASA volunteers are the “Voice for the Children in Court.” With that kind of impact, CASA is one of the best places to volunteer in the Wenatchee Valley. But remember- you are not alone! You will be supported every step of the way by an experienced CASA volunteer as well as our wonderful staff. You will also have opportunities to continue education locally with Chelan-Douglas CASA, and have access to online resources provided by National CASA.
I’m ready to become a CASA Volunteer… What do I do next?
2. Schedule a Pre-Training Interview by calling (509) 662-7350.
3. Attend CASA Training.
You must be at least 21 years of age and be able to pass extensive reference, child protective services and criminal background checks before becoming a CASA volunteer. You may not be a current foster parent or be in the process of adopting a foster child.