CASAs are ordinary people who are concerned about the happiness and safety of all children. You do not need a social work background or legal expertise to be a good advocate, but you do need to be committed to your case and willing to fight for what is in the child’s best interest.
What do CASAs do?
CASAs get to know the child by talking with everyone in that child’s life: parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and others. They use the information they gather to inform judges and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them.
Who can be a CASA?
You do not have to be a lawyer or a social worker to be a CASA. We welcome people from all walks of life. We are simply looking for people who care about children and have common sense. As an officer of the court, you will be thoroughly trained and well supported by professional staff to help you through each case.
To qualify to become a CASA, you must:
- Be at least 21 years of age.
- Commit to serving until a case is closed (an average of 12 - 26 months).
- Devote 8-10 hours a month to your case.
- Pass criminal background checks.
Think you could help?
We know you will make a difference, and we'll support you in doing so.
Call (417) 255-2100 to get started.
We'll ask you to come meet our volunteer trainer in a personal meeting to make sure it's for you. After you complete your application for training (available below) you'll be all set to take the next round of classes, get sworn in as an officer of the court, and start changing a life.
For detailed information, download the official Court Appointed Special Advocate Job Description.
If you feel you are ready to fill out an application for training before your meeting with our volunteer trainer, you can download and fill out the official Court Appointed Special Advocate Application for Training.