Asked & Answered: Is a legal background required to be a CASA volunteer?

Absolutely not! Most of our 410 advocates have no formal legal training whatsoever. We often get asked, “Who makes the best advocate?” This is such a hard question to answer. Is it a therapist, lawyer, nurse, retired teacher? While people with these backgrounds are often fantastic advocates, we find that a person with a heart for children is the best place to start. People who are willing to be open-minded, flexible, and committed are the very best advocates we have. You must be able to have hope and the belief that people can change their lives for the better. So, there is no need for you to go to law school! We promise to give you all the tools you need to navigate the court system, and we will be with you every step of the way.

Shelley Hart headshotAnswered by Program Director Shelley Hart



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