Traditional CASA Advocates
Advocates make a two year commitment to spend time a minimum of every other week with a child who is a dependent or a non minor dependent of the court as a result of having been physically, sexually or emotionally abused, neglected, or abandoned. The advocate also interviews all parties involved with the case to develop independent opinions and provide information and recommendations to the court which address the best interests of the child. Advocates also provide a stable, consistent adult presence in the child’s life and advocate for the needs of the child.
Advocates are required to do the following:
- Complete 30 hours of initial training
- Complete 12 hours of annual in-service training
- Submit written reports to the court at each court hearing (usually twice a year)
- Contact all parties involved on the case on a regular/as needed basis
- Submit monthly logs
- Have monthly contact with the Case Supervisor
CASA Family Connections
Advocates are recruited to research all available records (such as legal files, social service files, public records) including the use of internet search tools in an effort to locate a lifelong adult connection for a child, specifically someone from the child’s family or a person who has been a meaningful adult in the child’s life. A key role of CASA is to find permanency for each child served and that permanency may be physical or emotional. The Family Connections advocates receive a few hours of additional training to learn the tools and the approach.