CASA volunteers are everyday people – teachers, business people, retirees, stay-at-home moms, and grandparents – who are committed to making a difference for children who might otherwise slip through the cracks in an overburdened foster care system. They are appointed by judges to guide one child or one set of siblings through the system to safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. CASA volunteers research records and speak to each person involved in a child’s life, including family members, caretakers, caseworkers, teachers, doctors, lawyers and social workers. They monitor the progress of the child and family throughout the case and advocate for the child’s current and future needs in court, in school and in agency meetings. Each CASA’s independent court report allows the court to make better-informed decisions regarding the circumstances of each child.
Because CASAs serve on one case at a time, they truly get to know the child and can give each case the sustained, personal attention it deserves.
We invite you to join our family of volunteers and make a difference in a child’s life – and your own.
A CASA Volunteer must:
- Be 21 years of age or older.
- Successfully pass screening and background check requirements.
- Successfully complete initial training provided by the CASA of McLennan County program.
(30 hours of initial training plus 3 hours of courtroom observation & 12 hours of continuing education)
- Be able to make a 12-18 month commitment to a case.
(An average of 10-15 hours per month)
- Be able to keep information confidential and work within established program guidelines.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us and we will respond with the next steps in your journey to becoming a CASA advocate.
Or, you can attend one of our bi-monthly CASA 101 info sessions. The 2020 dates and times are below and all sessions are held at 1208 North 5th Street, Waco.
Sessions held at noon:
Sessions held at 5:30 pm: