Become a CASA

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You do not need any specialized skills to become a CASA volunteer. You just need a desire to help a child, a valid driver’s license, be at least 21 years old, clear a background check, basic computer and good communications skills.

 

Step 1: Submit your contact information below or you may also contact Darryl Teske at (608) 745-9977 or dteske@columbiacountycasa.org for more information.

 

Step 2: Complete and submit a Volunteer Application.

 

Step 3: Complete all pre-training paperwork, participate in an in-person interview and clear a background check.

 

Step 4: Sign-up for the next training session.

 

We offer a 30-hour training that shows citizen volunteers how to advocate for the best interest of children who are under the legal protection of the court system due to abuse or neglect. Training times vary from evening to weekend and online sessions.

 

The training curriculum, developed by the National CASA Association and facilitated by our staff, includes sections that guide you through the role of the CASA volunteer, the child welfare system, needs and development of children, trauma, mental health, poverty, professional communication, cultural competence, educational needs and permanency.

 

All of these resources and tools will help prepare you to advocate for a child, or children.

 

Step 5: After a full training session is completed, and all of your paperwork is completed and cleared, you are sworn in as an official Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer and will be assigned your first case. You will be partnered with an Advocate Supervisor on staff while serving as a CASA volunteer.

Yes I want to be a CASA Volunteer