What is a Dependency CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)?
A Dependency CASA is a trained community volunteer who acts as an advocate for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse or neglect and who are the subject of Juvenile Court proceedings.
How does a child become involved in court proceedings?
The child comes to the attention of the court once a dependency petition alleging abuse or neglect has been filed at Juvenile Court. At the first hearing, the court may order that a Dependency CASA be appointed for the child.
What kind of cases are Dependency CASAs assigned to?
CASAs are appointed to cases in which children are alleged to have been neglected, physically abused, sexually abused, and emotionally abused and/or if a parent or guardian is unable or unwilling to care for
How does a CASA collect information about a case?
The CASA talks with
How long does a CASA remain involved with a case?
The CASA continues to be involved in a case until
What kind of training does a Dependency CASA receive?
After careful screening and reference checks, volunteer candidates receive 30 hours of initial training and at least 12 hours per year of ongoing training. The volunteer receives a comprehensive manual which covers
What characteristics do we look for in a Dependency CASA?
You must be at least 25 years of age and have the time to commit to this work. We look for qualities ra
- Committed to Children - Open to Personal Growth
- Sensitive to Cultural Issues - Skilled in Interpersonal Relationships
- Willing to Maintain Objectivity - Able to use Common Sense
- Creative Problem Solvers - Flexible with their time
Once I complete my application will I automatically be accepted into the program?
Applicants are selected based on a combination of their application, background, confidential references and their interview. The program reserves the right to determine suitability and may decide the program is not a good fit for any given applicant.