Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What does CASA stand for?

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate.

Can a child advocate really make a difference?

Research studies have shown that the introduction of just one caring adult in the life of an abused child can change the course of that child's life forever. With volunteer advocates, children who have known only hurt, rejection, and disappointment from adults learn to trust, and hope, and love. A court appointed volunteer advocate makes a profound and positive difference for abused children.

Who can be an advocate?

No special skills are required - only the desire and commitment to make a difference. Advocates are asked for a minimum commitment of 18 months in order to ensure stability and consistency for the children we serve.

How much time is required?

An advocate generally sees a child on a regular basis, spending between 10 and 15 hours each month on volunteer responsibilities. Approximately twice a year, volunteers submit reports to the court and attend a court hearing regarding the child.

How do I begin?

Your first step to becoming a CASA is to download a copy of the job description and application form . This is your chance to learn more about the program. Then if you still have questions contact the CASA office for more information.

I'm not sure I can commit to becoming an advocate right now. Is there something else I can do to help?

If you do not have the time to commit to being an advocate there may be other ways that you can help the CASA program. For more information contact the CASA office.

Do I need special training to be an advocate?

Yes. A thirty hour training curriculum is mandated by National CASA and by Washington State CASA. You will learn about the child welfare system, how to work with children involved in the system, and other skills necessary to help the child you are appointed to serve. Volunteers can choose from a range of options to satisfy the 12 hours of additional training that are required of advocates annually.

What if I need help advocating for my CASA child?

Each volunteer is continuously supported by program staff.

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