Careers With Voices for Children
Voices for Children represents the best interests of abused and neglected children placed in foster care in St. Louis. Through no fault of their own, children and youth from birth through 21 find themselves under the protective custody of the state. Critical decisions affecting their lives today and their futures are made by the court. An overburdened state agency is responsible for their safety, well-being and permanency.
Voices’ CASA volunteers, child advocacy attorneys and social work professionals’ advocate for children to ensure their safety, enable them to heal, improve their experiences in foster care and help them find a forever family. Voices’ child advocates ensure children are receiving the educational, health and mental health services they need to heal while working to find them safety and stability in a home where they can thrive.
Become A CASA
The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer serves by court order as an officer of the court. The CASA volunteer serves as an advocate for the child’s best interests, provides an independent voice for the child, and monitors the case until permanency is achieved. The CASA volunteer works with the case supervisor. Upon successful completion of pre-service interview, autobiographical essay, background and reference checks, minimum 30-hour training and post-training swearing-in and court/case assignment, the volunteer will begin his/her advocacy service.
- Age 21 or older
- Be objective, flexible and accountable
- Exhibit self-assurance and assertiveness
- Have the ability to deal with hostility and rejection
- Be able to keep information confidential
- Be able to work within established guidelines
- Have the ability to interview, observe, listen, and analyze written material
- Be able to write clearly and concisely
- Have the ability to make decisions and set goals
- Be willing to commit to the case until permanency is achieved
- Be willing and able to dedicate 10-15 hours per month to the child/case
- Be able to attend court hearings scheduled by outside parties
- Have regular access to the internet and email; have access to a computer; be moderately computer literate