What is a CASA volunteer?
CASAs are Court Appointed Special Advocates who are trained volunteers that are appointed by the Indianapolis Juvenile Court to represent the best interest of a child in court. The CASA volunteer provides the court with carefully researched, factual information about the child to help the judge make an informed decision as to what is in each child’s best interest. CASA volunteers help ensure that each child is placed in a safe, permanent home as soon as possible and that children in foster care do not fall through the cracks of an overburdened system.
CASA Volunteer Requirements:
- Must be at least 21 years old and a high school graduate
- Must successfully complete and pass the screening requirements of Child Advocates
- (which include a criminal history check, CPS (Child Protective Services) 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.
Who are our CASA volunteers?
Our volunteers are comprised of hundreds of men and women encompassing all age groups and backgrounds. They work full-time, part-time, are retired, and are students. Some CASA volunteers have only one child; others opt to advocate for more than one or a group of siblings. All CASAs make a volunteer commitment of at least 1 year. Because of the unique nature of this advocacy work and the personal connection to a foster child, many CASA volunteers find that their service is the experience of a lifetime.
What is the time commitment?
Volunteers spend on average 6-8 hours a month on their case. More complicated cases may take longer. Volunteers are expected to remain involved in their case until permanency has been reached, which could take one to two years.