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.

Ongoing Available Training Opportunities

Kentucky CASA Network

This page contains resources for accepted CASA volunteers to receive in-service training hours remotely. Click here for more info.

All Children- All Families (1 Hour)

Develop a greater understanding of the strengths, challenges and value of LGBTQ adults, parents and families, what they can offer a CASA/GAL program, and how to better serve these children in your role as a CASA or GAL volunteer. Facilitated by Tracy Flynn of Tracy Flynn Consulting. Check out the video.

Can an algorithm tell when kids are in danger?

From the New York Times: "Child protective agencies are haunted when they fail to save kids. Pittsburgh officials believe a new data analysis program is helping them make better judgment calls."

Detained or Deported: What about my children?

From the Women's Refugee Commission. This toolkit provides detained and deported immigrant and undocumented mothers and fathers with crucial information they need to protect and maintain parental rights and make well-informed, critical decisions regarding the care and welfare of their children. Learn more here.

Psychotropic Drugs 101 (1.5 Hours)

This webinar is recommended for staff and volunteers who work with children on prescription medication or would like to know more about medications commonly prescribed to children in foster care. It is a great way to fulfill annual continuing education hours. Hosted by Portland Oregon CASA Supervisor Stephen McCrea. Watch here.

National Center of Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health

Variety of Webinar Series: Click Here.
NEARI Webinars: Click Here.
aha! Process Webinars: Click Here.
Note: not all of these webinars would be applicable to CASA requirements for CEUs.
Dr. Linda Chamberlain: A Trauma-informed Approach to ACEs - Building Resilient Communities: Click Here.
Growing Up Trans: Click Here.
Texas CASA College: A variety of online resources that are perfect for CASA advocates to learn more about multiple topics. Click Here.

Treatment Offers Hope for Imprisoned California Siblings

From the New York Times: The California case in which 13 siblings were found imprisoned at home earlier this week is shocking, but not without precedent. The good news, trauma experts say, is that recovery is indeed possible. When Should A Child Be Taken From His Parents? From the New Yorker: "In family court, judges must decide whether the risks at home outweigh the risks of separating a family." This article from the New Yorker delves into the nuances of child protective services.