CASA of Putnam County, TN (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
CASA of Putnam, Overton, Cumberland and Smith Counties
Our volunteers are advocates for the needs and wishes of children who are wards of the court due to abuse and neglect.
To become a CASA Volunteer Advocate (CVA) you must complete an application and undergo an interview. If accepted, you will participate in about 30 hours of training. After successful completion of the training, a background check will be undertaken. A swearing-in ceremony performed by the judge qualifies you to take your first case.
You are the 'eyes and ears' of the court and have its authority to interview anyone with information related to the case (doctors, teachers, neighbors, etc.). Until the case has been resolved (or for at least one year) you will attend court when your case is on the docket and submit periodic Reports to the Court outlining your findings These reports will are valuable to the judge and to the child. With them as a resource, the judge's understanding of the circumstances of the case is more complete and a judgement in the best interests of the child is more likely.