CASA Volunteers are important to the continued advocacy of children in Cass County. Volunteers support Cass County Child Advocates by monitoring cases and visiting the children they're assigned. Without them, this would be impossible to carry out with our case load ranging from 80-115 kids in the last year! Volunteers communicate with various people throughout the life of a case. Requirements once assigned to the child are to see them at least once every 30 days, enter contact logs into Optima case management system, read reports regarding facts of the case, write court reports every 6 months and to submit monthly reports on their progress, concerns or changes that you observe. You will also be in contact with the child's parents, placement, school, service providers, your CASA staff and the Department of Child Services. After the initial 30 training volunteers are assigned to a case with children ranginf from newborn to 18 years old. You will be notified of any continuing education sessions, meetings and other events that are available to you as a CASA Volunteer.
A typical day might include the following:
- Visiting the child you're assigned to at school, foster placement or visitation with their parents to observe the child's behavior and interactions with those around them.
- Calling service providers to check on any progress or concerns they have regarding the child.
- Reading the most recent reports filed by service providers or Department of Child Services.
- Logging into our case management system to enter a contact log or write a monthly report.
This volunteer position may be for you if:
You like helping people. You are patient & cool under pressure.
You communicate clearly. And can advocate for the best interest of a child respectfully.
You like learning new things and willing to look at difficult situations in more than one perspective.
You can think on your feet. When things change, you know how to roll with the punches.
You have some time to spare. You’re flexible. You can commit to a service of at least a 1-year span. Most meetings or visitations happen throughout the week, occasionally on the weekend. The times can vary from morning to evening depending on the availability of parties to the case.
To join our force, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive further details. Or fill out a volunteer application at https://in-cass.evintosolutions/VolunteerApplication. Our next new volunteer training class begins in May/June 2017 and is a 30 hour course.
- Youth Services
- Child Welfare
- Law Enforcement
- CSR / Volunteer Coordination
- English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
- Data Entry
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- 5-10 hours/week for 12-18 months
- Flexible Schedule