How Do CASA/GAL Volunteers Help Children?
CASA/GAL volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA/GAL volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.
By becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA volunteer, you can help keep abused and neglected children safe, giving them a chance at
CASA volunteers get to know the child and gather information from everyone involved in his or her daily life, including family members, foster parents, teachers, daycare providers, doctors, lawyers, social workers and other relevant persons. You spend a significant amount of time with the child, gaining his or her trust.
CASA volunteers use the information gathered to report to the judge, advocating for the child’s needs while in the foster care system. As a volunteer, you commit to represent a child’s best interests until the child reaches a safe, permanent home.
To Become a CASA volunteer means you are:
- Willing to commit at least one year of your time
- Able to effectively communicate orally and in writing
- Willing to participate in an in-depth training program
- Able to pass criminal and CPS history background checks
- Over age 21
CHILDREN WITH A CASA VOLUNTEER
More likely to find a safe, permanent home
More likely to have a consistent, responsible adult presence
Will have more services ordered
Spend less time in foster care
Half as likely to re-enter foster care
More likely to be adopted
Less likely to be bounced from home to home
Perform better in school
Want to learn more?
ATTEND our Next CASA Volunteer Orientation Session:
Monday, March 4
Thursday, March 21
5:30 PM | St. Louis County Courthouse
105. S. Central ave. st. louis mo 63105
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Voices for Children is one of nearly 1,000 CASA/GAL programs in 49 states recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings.
Last year, more than 76,000 CASA and guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteers helped more than 251,000 abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes.
Four Main Duties of a
You carry out an objective examination of the situation, including relevant history, environment, relationships, and needs of the child.
You identify resources and services for the child and facilitate a collaborative relationship between all parties involved in the case, helping to create a situation in which the child’s needs can be met.
You speak up for the child by making recommendations regarding thechild’s best interests in a written court report.
You keep track of whether the orders of the court and the plans of the child protective services agency are carried out, and you report to the court or collaborate with the child protective services agency when any of the parties do not follow those orders and plans.
Ready to Apply?
Complete online application
- Application should take about 30 minutes to complete. Applicants should also be ready to provide the names and contact information for 3 references.
- Complete and submit background authorization form via scan, fax or USPS. Voices cannot begin processing the application until the background authorization form is received.
- Applicant to notify references to be on lookout for electronic request from Beth Fultz, Voices for Children to provide feedback.
remaining 2018 pre-service training dates
Fall Training Class: August - October
Application deadline: July 31
Training Begins: August 28
Training Dates: Tuesday Evenings
Training Times: 5:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.
Winter Training Class: October - December
Application deadline: September 21
Training Begins: October 18
Training Dates: Thursday Evenings
Training Times: 5:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.