I trusted my CASA volunteer. She was the only person whose face I recognized after every move.” ~Ashley, former foster youth
Imagine the life of a child in foster care.
After being abused, neglected, or abandoned by the people in your life who were supposed to protect you, you’re removed from your home. Your life is turned upside down and filled with lawyers, judges, social workers, and Courtrooms, where life-altering decisions are made on your behalf.
All you want is a voice.
A Court Appointed Special Advocate is that voice.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are appointed by judges to serve as the voice for children in foster care. By getting to know their assigned CASA child and the people involved in the child’s life, CASAs can advocate for the best interest of the child. Through recommendations made in court, advocates ensure that their CASA child’s needs are being met and that they’re not lost in our overburdened child welfare system.
Currently 41 children in Jefferson Parish need a Court Appointed Special Advocate.
So what exactly do CASA’s do?
Advocates are community volunteers who are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for children in foster care. By getting to know their assigned CASA child and the people involved in the child’s life, CASAs can advocate for the best interest of the child throughout the duration of their stay in foster-care. Through recommendations made in court, advocates ensure that their CASA child’s needs are being met and that they’re not lost in our overburdened child welfare system.
CASA Jefferson, Inc. welcomes advocates from all walks of life. You do not need any special background, education, or experience working with children to become an advocate—CASA Jefferson, Inc. will provide all the training you need.
Volunteers must only:
- Be 21 years of age
- Be passionate about improving children’s lives
- Have the ability to remain objective while investigating and advocating for their CASA child.
Follow these steps to start your journey as a CASA Advocate. You have the potential to provide critical advocacy for child victims of life-threatening abuse and/or neglect.Steps to becoming an advocate:
STEP ONE: Complete and submit our online interest form below
You will get all of the information you need to get on your way to making a difference for an abused child.
STEP TWO: Attend Orientation
You’ll be introduced to our program and find out the requirements for becoming a court appointed advocate volunteer. Have all of your questions answered and begin your paperwork to enroll in our upcoming Pre Service Training class.
STEP THREE: Participate in a Pre-Service Interview
Sit down with one of our staff members to discuss your interest in CASA, your background and to learn a bit more about the CASA organization.
STEP FOUR: Attend CASA Pre-Service Training
Our 30- hour training course is offered several times each year and will prepare you for this incredible volunteer experience.
*You must attend an orientation session and complete your Pre-Service Interview prior to beginning training.
CASA Jefferson Program/Special Events Volunteer Opportunities
Not everyone has a flexible enough schedule to make a long-term volunteer commitment to our organization. Our special events are excellent opportunities to participate in shorter commitment volunteer roles. Whether you choose to volunteer a few hours per week in our office, or provide volunteer support for one of our special events, complete the inquiry form below to obtain more information on our special Children’s projects and for your name added to our Special Events Volunteer email list. You will receive our monthly e-newsletter and a few other emails throughout the year for different volunteer opportunities.