CASA of Carson City
CASA provides quality court-based advocacy for abused and neglected children. Children are referred to our program from a variety of sources including the juvenile court judges, attorneys, caseworkers, service providers, teachers and family members.
CASA volunteers are matched to a case where their skills and training will benefit the children most. CASA volunteers work to get their child’s court case expedited in addition to helping the child they’re working with find permanency sooner.
Job Description of the Court Appointed Special Advocate
The CASA volunteer’s role is one of a reporter to the Court and that of impartial observer, conducting the investigation as the Judge would if time permitted. The volunteer is not entitled to present a case, call witnesses, examine or cross-examine witnesses. His/her role is to function as investigator and monitor, working directly for the Judge. The CASA volunteer submits a written report to the Court and may testify if called as a witness. In order to do this, the CASA must investigate the facts of the case, recommend a course of action to the Court, facilitate the resolution of problems and monitor progress toward established goals.
Qualifications of a CASA
Be at least 21 years of age
Submit an application with three personal references and attend an interview with staff
Submit to a complete background check and be free from any current/pending criminal charges
Interest in children, their rights, and special needs
Time to devote to training sessions, investigation, and follow-up on a case (usually an eighteen-month commitment, averaging four (4) to ten (10) hours a month)
Ability to work with a child, family members, and professionals using tact, concern, and basic human relation skills
Ability to communicate verbally and in writing, making verbal and written reports to the Court, to the program, and to other persons as needed
Maturity, stability, confidence, and common sense