Become a CASA

TO BECOME A CASA VOLUNTEER, ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

1.  Attend a Volunteer Orientation Session

2.  Complete a CASA Application

3.  Submit completed Application in person, to the CASA Office (can be submitted at the Informational)

4.  Submit to Fingerprinting

When applicant successfully completes the above, the next steps include:

5.  Participate in a Panel Interview

6.  Attend 33 hours of CASA Volunteer Training

7.  Take Oath of Office

WHAT IS A CASA VOLUNTEER?

CASA volunteers are men and women who are dedicated to the vital role of advocating on behalf of abused or neglected children. The children served by CASA volunteers range in age from birth to 18. Were it not for the voice of the CASA volunteer, the child’s voice might not be heard.

When the judge appoints a CASA volunteer to a child’s case, the CASA volunteer becomes responsible for developing a consistent, emotionally supportive relationship with the CASA child, gathering information from all appropriate sources, and making the most suitable recommendations to the judge about what is in the child’s best interest.

Although CASA volunteers come from a variety of professional, educational and ethnic backgrounds, all share a desire to, and a belief that one person can and does, make a difference in the life of an abused and/or neglected child. As a child’s volunteer advocate, the CASA volunteer’s goal is to help secure a safe and permanent home for their CASA child. CASA volunteers closely monitor the situation, advocate for services, and help guide the CASA child through what is a very confusing period of time in their life. The CASA volunteer is a crucial source of emotional support for the CASA child.

One person, unquestionably, can and does make huge, positive life changing differences in the life of an abused/neglected child.

REQUIREMENTS
A CASA Volunteer:
1. Must be 21 years of age.
2. Must be free of a felony conviction or pending charges for felony or misdemeanor
involving a sex offense, child abuse or neglect, or related acts that would pose risks to
children or to the CASA program’s credibility.
3. Must not be an employee of the Department of Family Services.
4. Must be free of any domestic violence and/or child-related civil or criminal offenses.
5. Must disclose any Family Court involvement within the past two years.
6. Must be willing to make a TWO-YEAR commitment to The CASA Program.
7. Must submit a completed application packet.
8. Must provide a copy of a valid driver’s license, verification of Social Security Number and 3-year DMV printout.
9. Must provide proof of vehicle insurance with personal bodily injury limits of at least $100,000 per individual and $300,000 per accident if volunteer intends to transport children.
10. Must complete a “Statement of Intent to Transport Children” form.
11. Must be free from conviction of DWI or DUI (Driving While Intoxicated or Driving Under
the Influence) within the previous five years.
12. Must submit to extensive criminal background checks to include, but not limited to, national, state and local clearances, as required by the Eighth Judicial District Court.
13. Must submit to Child Abuse and Neglect Screening (CANS) for all states of residence in the last SEVEN years, as required by the National CASA Association.
14. Must submit to FBI fingerprinting clearances.
15. Must submit names of three personal references.
16. Must participate in a personal interview before a panel.
17. Must attend and complete the Initial 33 hour Training, which includes 3 hours of court observation.
18. Must take the CASA Oath of Office.
19. Must review and accept his/her assigned case.
20. Must perform advocacy duties as directed.
21. Must participate in an annual evaluation and ensure that the Clark County CASA Program has a current driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance and DMV printout.
22. Must participate in ongoing In-Service training (minimum of 12 hours per calendar
year
)to enhance advocacy skills.

CASA VOLUNTEER SELECTION FACTORS

The CASA Volunteer position requires the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

1. Knowledge of:
> Basic child development principles
> Basic family dynamics
> Concept of confidentiality

2. Skill to:
> Implement creative problem solving
> Utilize active listening
> Deal with hostility, anger, obstructive behavior and other emotionally charged feelings and attitudes
> Employ tenacity and perseverance
> Identify successes and failures

3. Ability to:
> Communicate effectively in both oral and written form
> Maintain essential confidentiality of information
> Analyze and organize facts and information in a logical manner
> Establish and maintain effective working relationships
> Relate effectively to people from various backgrounds in a variety of settings
> Maintain objectivity
> Utilize effective interviewing techniques with children and other involved parties
> Meet deadlines and time frames
> Gather and record factual information
> Transport self to a variety of locations throughout the County
> Attend required training and development sessions

Although we cannot provide you with monetary rewards, there are many benefits to becoming a CASA volunteer.  These include the opportunity to:

> Make a difference in the life and future of a child who has been a victim of abuse and/or neglect
> Help a child find permanency in a safe, loving home
> Assist judges in obtaining a clear picture of a child’s life and needs, gain an understanding of the district courts legal proceedings, and social service agencies
> Develop/utilize communication skills
> Develop/utilize assertiveness
> Utilize your past experience and skills
> Make friendships with like minded people who also desire to make a difference

Position Responsibilities:

1.  Conduct an independent evaluation of the case.

>  Read and review all pertinent documents.

>  Interview all parties involved with the case, as directed.

>  Observe the cild(ren) with significant people and promote child/sibling and child/parent

visitation, as directed.

>  Attend case staffings and Child and Family Team (CFT) meetings, when possible.

Meet face to face with the child(ren) at least once a month

2.  Maintain strict confidentiality of all case information.

>  Comply with all legal statutes defining Confidentiality (See Nevada Revised Statutes

432B.280 & 432B.290 in Appendix).

>  Maintain accurate and current case notes and case contact log.

>  Share case information only as directed through approved procedures.

3.  Monitor and facilitate the progress of the case.

>  Monitor compliance with the case plan and/or case assignment directions.

>  Maintain regular contact with the child and all parties, as directed.

>  Promote the permanency planning and case plan goals throughout all case contacts.

>  Monitor child’s special needs and delivery of appropriate services to

meet the needs.

>  Develop a working relationship with other case professionals, e.g., DFS caseworkers,

counselors, foster parents/caretakers, parents and attorneys.

4.  Report findings to the Court.

>  Provide a typed, formatted report with factual information and recommendations

to the Court.

>  Attend Court hearings, as directed.

>  Testify or make verbal presentations at the Court hearings, as required.

5.  Attend required trainings.

>  Attend and complete the initial 33 hour training.

>  Meet with Peer Coordinator to discuss the case upon graduation from training.

>  Attend at least 12 hours of on-going training per calendar year.

6.  Participate in supervision and development process.
>  Seek staff direction as needed.

>  Direct questions and concerns to CASA staff and CASA mentor.

>  Consult regularly (initially, at least once a month) with CASA staff.

>  Review court reports with CASA staff.

>  Participate in annual evaluation and feedback session.

>  Set communication, training and performance goals.

ARE THERE ADDITIONAL WAYS I CAN VOLUNTEER MY SKILLS?

The CASAs 4 CASAs committee provides support for the CASA staff by developing and supporting programs that benefit foster children and recruit, recognize and retain volunteers.

Volunteers staff subcommittees to work on several projects such as

~  Angel Tree Christmas Gift and Party program
~  Light of Hope Ceremony
~  CASA of the Month Program
~  CASA appreciation events
~  Recruitment and Community Outreach Project
~  Annual CASA Volunteer Retreat
~ Volunteer Court Monitors
~ Peer Coordinators

CASA volunteers and other supporters are welcome to participate. A large group of active volunteers share the responsibilities to avoid overburdening any one participant.

To take part in this program, contact the CASA office at 455-4306.

To become a CASA volunteer please call 455-4306 or APPLY NOW.

What is a CASA Volunteer?

CASA Volunteers provide advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes. The following information will help you learn more:

How Do I Become a CASA?

A CASA volunteer can make a profound and positive difference for abused children. The following information shows how you can get involved:

CASA Program Information

The Clark County CASA program celebrated 30 years of providing advocacy for children in Clark County in 2010. The program’s success is the result of planning and the help of many volunteers:

About Us

Nearly 3,500 abused and neglected children live in foster care in Clark County, Nevada because they cannot live safely at home. These children need powerful voices to speak for them. The mission of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program in Las Vegas is to provide that voice. Become a CASA.

 

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