The West Virginia CASA Association, a 501(c)3 non profit organization, develops and strengthens Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) programs throughout West Virginia.
WV CASA Association, Inc. FAQ
WHAT DO CASA VOLUNTEERS DO?
CASA volunteers listen first. Then they act. Volunteers get to know the child by talking with everyone in that child's life; parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and others. They use the information they gather to inform judges and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them.
WHO CAN BE A VOLUNTEER?
You do not have any special experience to a volunteer. We welcome people from all walks of life. We are simply looking for people who care about children and have common sense. As a volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and well supported by professional staff to help you through each case. To be a CASA volunteer, you must be at least 21 years old, participate in a 40-hour training course, agree to stay with a case until it is closed (a year and a half on average) and pass a background check.
WHAT KIND OF TRAINING DOES A CASA VOLUNTEER RECEIVE?
As a CASA volunteer, you will be able to work with competence. All of our advocate volunteers are thoroughly trained in courtroom procedure, social services, the juvenile justice system, high conflict domestic relations cases, and the special needs of abused and neglected children. Professionals from the community also participate in the training process by sharing their expertise with CASA Advocates.
WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING?
Nobody longs for a safe and loving family more than a child in foster care. As a CASA volunteer, you are empowered by the courts to help make this dream a reality. You will be the one consistent adult in these children’s lives, vigilantly fighting for and protecting their fundamental right to be treated with the dignity and respect every child deserves. You will not only bring positive change to the lives of these vulnerable children, but also their children and generations to come. And in doing so, you will enrich your life as well.