The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained volunteer whose role is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the Effingham County Court System. Herein the CASA Advocate is referred to as the "Advocate".
The Advocate must have the following qualifications:
Age 21 or older
Possess emotional maturity, stability, and common sense
Be objective and flexible
Exhibit self-assurance and assertiveness
Have the ability to deal with hostility and rejection
Be able to keep information confidential
Be able to work within established guidelines
Have the ability to interview, observe, listen, and analyze written material
Be able to write clearly and concisely
Have the ability to make decisions and set goals
Be willing to commit to the program for a minimum of 18 months
Ability to submit and pass a background screening and fingerprint process
Have computer and internet access and knowledge
1. Complete an intensive independent investigation of the case
2. Report findings to the Court
3. Insure representation of child’s best interest
4. Attend training arranged by the CASA office
5. Consult with the CASA office
6. Submit volunteer information monthly
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About CASA OF EFFINGHAM COUNTY
PO BOX 146, EFFINGHAM, IL 62401, US
CASA of Effingham County is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing highly trained volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the Effingham County Circuit Court System. CASA Volunteers work cooperatively with the Effingham County Circuit Court System to ensure prompt delivery of services and to make independent recommendations to the court concerning the child’s well-being.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as officers of the court. In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks among hundreds of current cases.
CASA volunteers change that. Appointed by judges, CASA volunteers typically handle just one case at a time-and commit to staying on that case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. While others may come and go, CASA volunteers provide that one constant that children need in order to thrive.
1901 South 4th StreetEffingham, IL 62401
August 25, 2021
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- 8-12 hours per month, at least one year commitment