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becoming a CASA/GAL Volunteer
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a CASA/GAL volunteer
CASA/GAL Volunteer Duties
Maintain a Relationship
with the Child
Establish and investigate the child’s situation and needs. Visit the child at least once to twice a month.
Complete Case Reviews
Speak with the child and relevant adults while investigating the child’s situation and needs. Review appropriate records and reports. Observe the child, significant others and child visitations.
Ensure the Best
Interest of the Child
Attend all court hearings to see that all relevant facts are presented and attend appropriate interagency meetings regarding the child.
Attend court hearings concerning the child and provide a written report to the court with factual info. Also, participate in case conferences concerning the child.
Follow court hearings or decision as designated by the court.
Communicate to advocate supervisor, attorney and education team concerning assigned case. Develop a CASA case plan and review progress and reports.
Qualifications, Requirements & Training:
- Must be age 21 or older
- Participate in an interview and pass background check
- Attend approximately 45 hours of pre-service training
- Willing to commit to the program for a minimum of 3 years
- Follow guidelines established by the National CASA Association
- Attend in-service training and receive direct supervision and guidance from program staff
- Complete at least 12 hours of continuing education yearly to enhance knowledge
- Volunteers are expected to be available for case assignment and to accept cases unless other arrangements have been made
Program Goals & Objectives:
- Ability to keep all client and court information confidential
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
- Ability to make decisions and set goals
- Ability to respect and relate to people from various backgrounds (economic, cultural, educational) in a variety of settings
- Ability to transport self to a variety of locations
- Ability to deal with hostility, anger, and other emotional attitudes.
- Ability to maintain objectivity and flexibility
- Ability to gather and record factual information accurately
- A basic understanding of child development and family relationships
- Personal Growth and Increased knowledge of non-profit sector
- Increased awareness of child advocacy, foster care system and childhood abuse and neglect
- Interaction with community minded service-oriented people
- Annual recognition evening for volunteers
- Professional networking opportunities
- Personal satisfaction of giving back and serving local community
Other Volunteer Opportunities
ATTEND A GENERAL INFORMATION MEETING
Interested in becoming a CASA/GAL Volunteer?
Take the first step and attend one of our General Information Meetings
Unable to join us for one of the above dates? Or have a group you would like us to present at?
Fill out the form below and our team will be in touch with you.
INQUIRE ABOUT VOLUNTEERING!
All persons interested in volunteering for CASA Kane County must complete the inquiry form below. An automatic email will be sent confirming receipt of the inquiry form. Please know that receipt of an inquiry does not guarantee placement as a volunteer. After reviewing your inquiry, a member of our team will be in contact with you to discuss next steps.