CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA Prince George’s County volunteers are regular citizens like you. CASA volunteers are trained advocates for neglected and abused children in the foster care court system. CASA Volunteers assure that that the rights and needs of these children are at the forefront of decisions that are being made by judges and lawyers and family members.
For many neglected and abused children their CASA volunteer is the only reliable adult presence in their lives. And that single volunteer can often be enough to break the cycle of violence and neglect- not just for one child, but for generations to come.
Join us until every child in need has a CASA volunteer to look out for their needs. You can change a child’s story!
A staff member will contact you for a brief informational interview via phone. If our volunteer opportunity is a good fit for you, you will be contacted to schedule an in-person interview.
Step 4 : Come to the office for your in-person interview
After we have answered all your questions about volunteering with CASA, our staff will connect you with a Case Supervisor who will work with you to find a time to meet that fits with your schedule.)
Step 5 : Attend our free training!
We provide a free 37 hour training which includes a range of information that will help you in your role as a CASA volunteer, as well as courtroom observation where you’ll learn more about the court hearing process.
Step 6 : Accept a case!
CASA’s professional staff will utilize information from your interview, training and a case preference sheet that you will complete during training to find the right fit with a child in need of your assistance. You will also be matched with a Case Supervisor who will support and guide you throughout your case. Now you are ready to change a child’s story!
Children in foster care who have aCASA volunteer are more likely to succeed in school and adjust to change. And they’re half as likely to re-enter the foster care system later. By getting involved with CASA, you can make all the difference for a child who has experienced abuse or neglect in you community. Get involved, and change a child’s story.