Use your professional skills to advocate for children in Foster Care: Be a CASA
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Are you a retired teacher? Did you work in pediatrics or behavioral health field? Do you have a background in law, social work, or child welfare? If you are searching for a volunteer opportunity that utilizes the skill set you have already developed over the years as a working professional, then becoming a CASA is right for you! We are looking for advocates who have knowledge of the school system, the foster care system, the legal and court system, the medical or behavioral health system. As a Court Appointed Special Advocate you can put that knowledge to work and advocate for a child in foster care.
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is an everyday citizen appointed by a judge to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have been removed from their homes. No prior experience is necessary. We provide all the training you’ll need, along with a team to support you on your case. Your role will be to gather information from reports, social workers, doctors, family members and other professionals in the child's life. With the information you collect, you’ll represent the child’s best interest in court. A child with a CASA is more likely to receive targeted services and spend less time in out of home care.
About CASA of Maricopa County - Phoenix Metro Area
Juvenile Court Center, 3131 W. Durango St, Phoenix, AZ 85009, US
CASA of Maricopa County’s mission is to ensure that the best interests of an abused or neglected child are represented in court, so no child falls through the cracks. The program trains and empowers community volunteers to serve at the request of Maricopa County Juvenile Court Judges as advocates for children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by their parents.
CASA of Maricopa County - Phoenix Metro Area
The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is the only agency authorized to advocate for the best interests of child victims in Arizona. CASA volunteers hold to the belief that there are no hopeless children, only children who have yet to experience hope.
Who Becomes a CASA Volunteer?
CASA volunteers are everyday people just like you. They are realtors, school principals, pilots, web designers, plumbers, small business owners, retirees and stay-at-home moms and dads and vary in age from 21 to 83.
No special skills or degrees are required, only the desire to make a difference in an abused child's life. You must be at least 21 years of age, participate in our comprehensive screening process and training program, and make a 15-20 hour monthly commitment in order to ensure stability for the children we serve.
The only special background you should have is the heart to care for the most vulnerable children in our community, and the determination to do something about their current situation.
We'll work with your schedule.
Maricopa Juvenile Court CentersVarious locationsMetro Phoenix and East Valley AreasPhoenix, AZ 85009
- Child Advocacy
- Problem Solving
- Verbal / Written Communication
- Reading / Writing
- Youth Services
- People 55+
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- 15-20 hours per month
- interview and polygraph, 30 hours of training, ability to travel within Maricopa County