Children need someone to look out for them. They deserve an advocate. They deserve a voice. They need you.
Your Voice. Their Future.
We serve children in Marion County and believe every child who suffers abuse or neglect should have a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).
The Role of a Volunteer
Our volunteers, who are appointed by the Marion County Superior Court, visit with the child, contact caseworkers, interview parents, look out for medical and educational needs and provide the court with information to help the judge make an informed decision as to what is in the child’s best interest.
Volunteers with Child Advocates ensure each child is placed in a safe, permanent home as soon as possible and that they don’t fall through the cracks of an overburdened system.
“There are many children in bad situations that need help and support from caring people.”
- Bernie, CASA Volunteer
“I enjoy working with kids. It’s very fulfilling and rewarding.”
- Erin, CASA Volunteer
“Volunteering with Child Advocates is one of the best decisions I have ever made.”
- Faith, CASA Volunteer
“I love children and I care about their welfare. I want to be there to help.”
- Ranga, CASA Volunteer
- Must be at least 21 years old and a high school graduate.
- Must successfully complete and pass the screening requirements of Child Advocates (including a criminal history check, Child Protective Services (CPS) check and Sex Offender check).
- Cannot be a licensed foster parent with Marion County wards in your home.
- Cannot be employed at an agency that holds a service provider contract with the Marion County Department of Child Services (DCS).
- Must submit an application and attend an Information Session prior to the first day of training.
Children with a CASA...
Do better in school
Spend less time in long-term foster care
Are less likely to re-enter the system
Volunteers spend an average of 6-8 hours a month on their case, and are expected to remain involved in their case until permanency has been reached, which could take a year or more. More complex cases may take longer.
If you’re interested in volunteering with Child Advocates, please join us for a volunteer information session to learn more about serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).