BECOMING A CASA VOLUNTEER
- CASA volunteers (Court Appointed Special Advocates) are ordinary citizens, like you, doing extraordinary work. CASA volunteers establish stable relationships with foster children, getting to know their unique history and making informed recommendations to the courts.
- When a child has an advocate, they are more likely to get needed services — and a permanent, stable home. Are you eager to make a difference in a child’s life? Become a volunteer.
Step 1: FIND OUT WHERE TO GO VOLUNTEER
CASA Programs are based throughout the state of Arkansas and are headquartered in various areas depending on your county. Check out our interactive map to contact the program in your area, or contact us here.
Step 2: CONTACT YOUR LOCAL PROGRAM
Your local program will interview you and ask you to fill out an application. You are welcome to ask us any questions you have first, before contacting the local affiliates.
Step 3: COMPLETE A BACKGROUND CHECK.
CASA volunteers undergo a thorough background check to ensure that our children are in good hands. Volunteers cannot have a record of certain criminal offenses, like child abuse, neglect, or any sexual offenses.
Step 4: COMPLETE THE REQUIRED TRAINING.
All volunteers must complete an initial training of at least 30 hours. This training prepares you to be a strong advocate and covers legally mandated topics. You’ll learn about the dynamics of child abuse and juvenile law and court structure. You will also learn safety regulations and what to do in stressful situations. Our programs are there to be your guides, and as a volunteer, you will never be without support.
Step 5: TAKE YOUR OATH BEFORE THE JUDGE.
That’s it! You’ve become a sworn CASA volunteer. Now you are ready to be appointed to a child who desperately needs your help.