How to Volunteer
- Must be 25 years of age and willing to submit to a criminal background check and check of the CPS registry
- Ability to commit at least 8 to 10 hours per month
- Ability to work with diverse populations
- Ability to work with at risk children (birth to age 18), family members, professionals, community agencies, and diverse populations
- Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing
- Ability to meet deadlines
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are trained volunteers who advocate for children who are victims of abuse and neglect.
The volunteer advocate receives 35 hours of training before staff, judges, social services staff, probations and parole officers, guardian ad litems, along with educational and psychological experts as well. In addition, each volunteer must complete 4 hours of scheduled court monitoring at the Newport news juvenile and domestic court building.
Following the completion of training, the successful volunteer advocate will be sworn as an “officer of the court” and may then be assigned as a volunteer advocate. It is then he or she becomes the voice of a child.
- Visit the child at least twice monthly and ensure the child’s wishes and desires are communicated to the court. Ensure that the present placement is appropriate and is meeting the child's needs.
- Interview the parents, guardians, caretakers, social workers. Review all records related to the family to include educational and medical records when appropriate.
- Gather and assess independent information. Collaborate with other participants in the case to ensure the best outcome for the child.
- Prepare written reports for court hearings and attend and participate in court hearings. Attend other related meetings while monitoring the court's mandates.
- Keep all records and information confidential
- Keep the child and caregiver informed of all aspects of the court proceedings
- Communicate effectively with all parties involved in the child’s case