Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are the only volunteers appointed by a judge and empowered to stand up for an abused or neglected child. CASAs are everyday citizens who advocate for the best interests of a child during their time in the child welfare system. You not only help change the course of a life for generations, but also create a safer, friendlier, and healthier community now and for years to come.
For more information about what a CASA is, visit our ‘What is A CASA’ page.
We ask each volunteer to make a commitment to a child until a permanent plan for the child’s care has been implemented and the case is closed. This can range between 12-24 months. This commitment helps provide stability and consistency for the child.
- Complete and submit your application online.
- A staff member from our office will contact you to set up your screening interview. The interview includes both general and personal questions and takes about an hour. If accepted, you will also be asked to complete some paperwork and bring a $40 fee. This paperwork includes authorizing us to do a background check, as well as making copies of your driver’s license and your proof of automobile insurance. We hold screening interviews 9:30am-2:00pm by appointment. If these times don’t work with your schedule, please let us know and we will find a time that does.
- Once all of this is completed, you will be enrolled in a training session. You will be required to complete a 30 hour training session focusing on everything you need to know to be an effective advocate, including mediation skills, cultural awareness and sensitivity, the legal system, courtroom procedures, social services, court report writing, record keeping, special needs of abused and neglected children, substance abuse, early childhood development, and adolescent behavior.
- When you have completed training, you will be sworn in by the judge and will officially be a Court Appointed Special Advocate!
You must be at least 21 years of age and be able to pass extensive reference, Child Protective Services, sex offender registry and criminal background checks before becoming a CASA volunteer. You may not be a current foster parent or be in the process of adopting a child from Child Protective Services. If an attorney, you may not concurrently be appointed to any cases involving Child Protective Services in El Paso County.