Be a CASA Super Hero
What is a CASA volunteer?
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. Portsmouth CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to gather information about children in the child welfare system and make recommendations based on their findings. Their reports give the judge a fuller picture of each child’s life, which helps the judge make the best decision for that child.
What kind of person is a CASA volunteer?
Portsmouth CASA volunteers come from all walks of life; most are employed full-time. They are patient, open-minded men and women with good communication skills, a history of following through on commitments and a willingness to accept guidance. Above all, they have a deep passion for the well-being of children.
How much time does it take to be a CASA volunteer?
Depending on the case, it could take between 10 and 12 hours per month. Most of this time can be spent in evenings or on weekends. However, CASA volunteers are required to attend court hearings during the workday, which typically occurs about 4 times per year.
How do I become a CASA volunteer?
Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, take part in a personal interview and undergo a thorough background check, including fingerprints. They must successfully complete 30 hours of pre-service and court observation. Once these requirements are met, CASA volunteers are sworn in as officers of the court. A minimum of 12 hours of continuing education is required each subsequent year. Advocates are supervised by the program coordinator throughout the court process.