BECOME A VOLUNTEER

We always welcome prospective new volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates! Advocates have diverse backgrounds, share a commitment to improving children’s lives, a willingness to learn, and an open mind towards life experiences different from their own. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age and are required to complete an interview, background checks, and a 40-hour training program before being sworn in as an officer of the court. CASA volunteers are appointed to a child or sibling group and spend an average of 8 – 10 hours a month getting to know the child while also gathering information from many who are involved in the child’s life.

The Roles of a CASA Volunteer

In addition to these responsibilities, the CASA must speak with his/her child regularly. This one-on-one contact promotes a trusting relationship for the child who sometimes has no other consistent relationship during the period of involvement with the Court.

REQUIREMENTS

CASA of the Mid-Shore offers a Pre-Service Training Program to prospective volunteers.

The 40-hr training program combines in-person participation with an online curriculum that allows for personal flexibility in completing additional hours of training.

All prospective volunteer applicants must be at least 21 years of age, participate in an interview, and undergo background and reference checks.

Each volunteer must be able to commit between 8 to 10 hours each month to a child and at least one year of service.

CASA volunteers are compassionate and committed members of the community who want to make a difference in a child’s life. Prospective volunteer applicants must be at least 21 years of age.

FOLLOW THESE Steps

to become a CASA Volunteer

STEP 1

Are you interested in becoming a CASA volunteer? Start by submitting a request to apply and get more information!
 You’ll be contacted by our Volunteer Coordinator, Jane, who will discuss next steps with you in detail.

STEP 2

Submit a completed application
Provide four references
Sign a waiver for a variety of extensive background checks

STEP 3

Participate in an in-depth interview with a CASA staff member to determine volunteer eligibility and personality fit.  

STEP 4

Mandatory 40-hour Pre-Service Training program and observe a court hearing involving a CASA.

STEP 5

Participate in a brief second interview.

STEP 6

All graduating CASA volunteers are sworn-in as Officers of the Court.

STEP 7

Accept an appointment to a child’s case.

SAVE THE DATE 2022

PRE-SERVICE TRAINING

Following screening, the volunteer experience starts as a learning opportunity. The CASA mid-shore staff creates a safe and supportive learning environment where volunteer candidates are encouraged to build knowledge and skills in child-welfare policy, judicial practices, program values and best-interest advocacy.

April 6 – May 11 2022