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Change a Child's Life - Become a CASA Volunteer in Berkshire County!

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18 Degrees (formerly Berkshire Children and Families)

  • 56 people are interested

A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a specially trained volunteer, appointed by a judge to represent the best interest of an abused or neglected child in court. The CASA volunteer makes recommendations to the judge about the child's placement and advocates for the child through the court process until he/she has a safe, permanent home.

You do not need to have a legal or social work background to become a CASA - we will train you!

Upcoming Training Schedule: Trainings are currently held several times per year. You must be able to attend all or most of the training in order to complete the 30-hour CASA pre-training requirement. Please contact us for the dates of the next training opportunity.

During this time of Covid-19 all safety and precautionary guidelines are being followed.

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About 18 Degrees (formerly Berkshire Children and Families)



Mission Statement

Every child in a family; every family in a community


18 Degrees serves the people and families in our communities - whether by birth, choice, or circumstance. Our services respectfully provide the support people need to be able to discover possibilities that may not otherwise be clear. 18 Degrees develops respectful, inclusive partnerships with those we serve, walking side by side, together as the way to their goals and new beginnings come to light.

18 Degrees promotes the well-being of children and the strength of families to build better communities in the Berkshires and Pioneer Valley. We provide education, parenting skills and support, prevention and intervention, advocacy, and life skills across a spectrum of programs serving children and families in four areas: early childhood education and care, foster care and adoption, child and family well-being, youth and community development.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth


We'll work with your schedule.


480 West StreetPittsfield, MA 01201


  • Critical Thinking
  • People Skills
  • Resource Development / Management
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Child Welfare
  • Community Outreach


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Approximately 8 - 10 hours per month
  • Court appearances approximately every 3 months, occasional daytime availability for communication

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