We are Sauk County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
From helping siblings find permanent placement together, to finding a child a stable home with a relative, to uncovering information that helps reunite a loving family, volunteer advocates make incredible differences in the lives of abused and neglected children.
WHAT DOES A CASA DO?
- You’ll talk with the child and with their family members, teachers and others to find out where the child will be happiest and safest: with the parent(s), a relative or a loving foster family.
- You’ll speak for the child in court, making your fact-based recommendation for placement to the judge.
- During the life of the case, you’ll act as the one constant in the child’s life as they experience changes in foster placements, schools and caseworkers.
Sauk County CASA, under the umbrella of Hope House of South Central Wisconsin will provide all the training you need in a 30-hour course. You’ll learn about courtroom procedures as well as the consequences of abuse and neglect. After the course, you’ll be sworn in by a judge as an official volunteer advocate.
Throughout most of the case, you’ll be asked to give about 10-12 hours of your time per month. The beginning of a case is the intensive, fact-finding stage, and may require more time. As a volunteer advocate, you will be assigned to a casework supervisor with Sauk County CASA who will guide you, support your efforts and attend all court hearings with you.
Want to find out if CASA is right for you? Ready to take the first step?
Have questions about an advocate's role in a child's life? Contact us today!
- People Skills
- Relationship Building
- Critical Thinking
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- 10-12 HOURS PER NONTH
- 30 HOURS OF TRAINING AT THE START