Become a CASA!
A child has rights. CASA volunteers fight for them. Abused and neglected children need more than the foster care system can provide. Join Dr. Phil and Robin in mobilizing 100,000 new supporters for abused and neglected children.
CASA volunteers have helped more than two million children, but there are thousands looking for a safe, permanent home, where they will be loved and cared for. We believe every child has a right to feel safe. Right now, 400,000 of America’s most vulnerable children are waiting. We need your support in reaching and exceeding our goal of 100,000 new voices. Add your voice for as little as $25 toward the recruitment and training of CASA volunteers. We are for the child.
Please join us in giving abused and neglected children a voice, a brighter future.
As national spokespersons for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Dr. Phil and Robin are committed to giving a voice to the many children who fall through the cracks in the foster care system. Today there are 750,000 in that system. Even when these children do find a home and get adopted, it's not always a happy ending.
Volunteering with CASA means that everyday citizens will act as officers of the court. Appointed by judges, CASA volunteers are given a case and commit to staying on that case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.
You don't have to worry about having a specialized education or background; your desire to help abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes is enough. CASA volunteers must pass a background check and participate in a 30-hour training course. After successfully completing the course, the volunteer is assigned his or her first case. The average time commitment to a case is approximately 10 hours per month, and volunteers are asked to stay with a case until it is closed, a year and a half on average.
Typical duties include:
- Conduct an independent investigation by reviewing all pertinent documents and records and interviewing the child, parents, social workers, foster parents, teachers, therapists, daycare providers and other relevant persons to determine the facts and circumstances of the child's situation.
- Provide written reports at every hearing which include findings and recommendations. The report documents the extent of the volunteer's investigation, lists each source of information and includes sufficient facts to justify the recommendations.
- Appear at all hearings to advocate for the child's best interests and provide testimony when necessary.
- Explain the court proceedings and the role of the CASA volunteer to the child in terms the child can understand.
- Make recommendations for specific, appropriate services for the child and the child's family and advocate for necessary services which may not be immediately available.
Bonnie shares her experiences as a CASA volunteer.