Ready to Become a Child Advocate?

When you work with CASA of Ohio Valley, we'll make sure you're well-prepared for your first case. We offer training courses and continuing education programs to equip you with the skills you need to be an advocate for a vulnerable child. Call today to find out if our program is right for you.

Who's eligible to become a volunteer advocate?

We accept volunteers from all walks of life. If you don't have the time to be an advocate, we have other ways you can help. To become a volunteer advocate, you must:

  • Pass a background check
  • Agree to stay with a case until it closes
  • Finish a 30-hour pre-service training course

Cases typically last as long as a year and a half. During that time, you'll interview the child, family members and anyone else involved with the child's life. You'll also attend court proceedings and testify about your findings, if necessary.

Get in touch with us now to learn more about our program. If you're already a volunteer, use this link to access our online portal

What is the role of a CASA Volunteer?

A CASA volunteer provides a judge with carefully researched background details about the child to help the court make a sound decision about that child's future. Each home placement case is as unique as the child involved. The CASA volunteer must determine if the best interest of the child is staying with his or her parents or guardians, being placed in foster care, or being freed for permanent adoption. The CASA volunteer makes a recommendation on placement to the judge and follows through on the case until it is permanently resolved.

How do CASA Volunteers investigate a case?

How do CASA Volunteers investigate a case?

To prepare a recommendation, the CASA volunteer talks with the child, parents, family members, social workers, school officials, health providers and others who are knowledgeable about the child's history. The CASA volunteer also reviews all records pertaining to the child: school, medical, caseworker reports, and other documents.

CASA Volunteers are Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

A trained citizen who is appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of a child in court. Children helped by CASA volunteers are involved in the Family Court system because they have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Have questions? Keep reading for more information.