BECOME A CASA

BECOME A CASA

Every child deserves a safe home and loving family
 
Nobody longs for this more than a child in the foster care system. As a Court Appointed Special Advocate, you are empowered by the courts to help make this  a reality. Through your volunteer advocacy, you will not only bring positive change to the lives of these vulnerable children, but also to the lives of their children, and generations to come. And in return, you will enrich your own life as well.
 
VOLUNTEER RESPONSIBILITIES
CASA volunteers advocate for the best interests of an abused or neglected child who is under the protection of the Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. CASA volunteers receive extensive training and are supervised by professional staff members. This enables them to effectively gather information to report back to the court. Primary duties include getting to know each child to ensure they are in a safe environment, visit CASA child(ren) on a weekly basis, review records, conduct interviews with care givers, teachers, doctors, therapists, and service providers, as well as submit a report to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. 
 
VOLUNTEER QUALIFICATIONS
The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services regulates Virginia Beach CASA and requires all volunteers to meet the following qualifications:
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must possess effective communication skills (both oral and written) - for preparing court reports and providing testimony
  • Must possess mature judgement, a high degree of responsibility, and sufficient time to assist in advocating for the best interest of the child
  • Must be able to relate to persons of varied cultures, ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic status 
 
VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS
All Virginia Beach CASA Volunteers must meet the following requirements:
  • Undergo Screening and Background Checks
  • Participate in 30-35 hours of Pre-Service Training provided by Virginia Beach CASA
  • Participate in 12 hours of Continuing Education each year

Ready to Get Started?

STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS: APPLICATION, SCREENING, TRAINING
APPLICATION
Prospective volunteers may submit an application and are encouraged to attend an Information Session . Criteria used in the selection of volunteers will be such as to ensure that the individual is able to meet the responsibilities of a Court Appointed Special Advocate. No individual will be rejected because of race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age or marital status.
INTERVIEW &
BACKGROUND CHECKS
Each applicant must successfully complete an interview with the Virginia Beach CASA staff and complete all necessary background check forms prior to being accepted into training. Note: any applicant with a negative finding on their background check may be dismissed from the program.
TRAINING
All Virginia Beach CASA volunteers must be accepted into and complete Pre-Service training prior to taking a case. Virginia Beach CASA currently offers three (3) Training Sessions per year - one in the winter, one in the fall, and one in the spring. Each session runs for 5 consecutive weeks, with classes meeting one night per week in addition to at-home online weekly training.
ACCEPTENCE
Upon successful completion of Pre-Service Training, new CASA Volunteers will be officially accepted and sworn into service by a Juvenile Court Judge and considered ready to accept a case.
VOLUNTEER APPLICATION
Download/Print the CASA Volunteer Application HERE
Submit completed application via scan/email to info@virginiabeachcasa.org or fax it to us at (757) 385-1051.

For more information about the application process, you may contact the Virginia Beach CASA office directly.
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