CASA Jefferson Orientations describe the Advocate program and process in becoming an Advocate.
Orientations may be scheduled Monday thru Friday from 11:00 am to 12:30pm and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. CASA Jefferson’s goal is to conduct orientations that are convenient for volunteers. Please call Margaret Ether at (504) 533-8757 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time that works best for you.
Traditional in-person trainings will be held:
- September 1st through September 29th
- October 3rd through October 24th
STEP TWO: Submit an application
The application to become a CASA Jefferson Advocate can be found here:
Fill out an application
Applications should be completed and submitted by orientation. This process includes criminal and background checks.
STEP THREE: Pre-service interview
During the pre-service interview, applicants will 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 Program
CASA Jefferson trains its volunteers to be the best possible Advocates for abused and neglected children in Jefferson Parish. Advocates will complete a 40- hour training program, which is offered several times a year. The program covers topics such as court proceedings, permanency planning, accessing services, dynamics of child abuse and neglect, family violence, cultural competency, and advocacy responsibilities. In addition, all pre-service volunteers must attend at least 2 hours of court observation at Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court.
All classes must be taken for a volunteer to be sworn in by the court as a CASA Advocate.