Passion and time. Details aside, those are the top two requirements for becoming a CASA volunteer.
Contrary to what most people think, there is not a single, perfect profile for what makes a good CASA volunteer. You can be employed full-time, retired, or a stay-at-home parent. You can have a ton of experience with the legal system and child welfare or no experience at all. You just need to be a committed individual willing to stand up for the best interest of a child in foster care. We will teach you the rest and provide guidance throughout your service.
- 21 years old
- No felony convictions
- Must agree to the anti-discrimination policy outlined below*
- Attend an informational CASA 101 meeting, which takes place at the CASA office on the third Thursday of every month at 10 AM and 6 PM and lasts 45 minutes to an hour.
- Participate in a personal interview and thorough background screening
- Complete 30 hours of initial training
- Complete 12 hours annual in-service training
- Maintain confidentiality of all client and court information
- Ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing (being bilingual is a plus!)
- Ability to respect and relate to people from various backgrounds
- Be available to dedicate 2-3 hours per week to CASA work
- Commit to the length of a case (average 15-18 months)
*CASA of Northwest Arkansas does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, selection of volunteers and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all volunteers and clients, children, parents or other family members and foster parents.