Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer Opportunities
The Hanover CASA Program advocates for the best interests of children
involved in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court process. The CASA
program trains and supervises volunteers who gather information that is
shared with the court when making decisions about the needs of abused
and neglected children, or other children involved in juvenile
Come from various backgrounds and experiences
Are at least 21 years of age and pass Criminal and Child Protective Service Central Registry checks
Attend about 40 hours of training to learn how to serve as a CASA
Are sworn in by the court and are appointed by the judge to serve on specific cases
Must have the ability to remain objective while dealing with families and children in crisis
Must maintain strict confidentiality
Attend 12 hours of on-going training each year
Serve at least one child until a final decision is made, which is often for a year.
Keep program staff informed of all activities related to assigned case and communicate with him or her monthly
Meet with the child face to face at least once a month
Interview family members and professionals involved in the case
Attend court dates and other meetings
Prepare written reports stating facts gathered by the CASA, which includes recommendations for services and placement of the child
Interested in Becoming a Casa Volunteer?
Contact the Department of Community Resources at 804-365-4300 or by email.