On Monday, 24 people will begin a journey. They will start their training to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate. These individuals come from a variety of educational backgrounds, represent a diverse set of demographics, and have one crucial thing in common: they all want to empower a child.
These people will go through 33 hours of training with our Advocate Supervisors. Training helps new volunteers learn some basics of juvenile court and legislation, allows ample opportunity for role-play practice for working on a case, teaches the proper way to prepare a written report for the court, and equips the advocate with resources to be a strong advocate for a child who has suffered from abuse or neglect.
After training is complete, the volunteers will get sworn in by a Davidson County Juvenile Court judge or magistrate. As soon as possible, the volunteer will be paired with a child.
Advocates create a relationship with the child, get to know their lives and experiences. The advocate is the only person whose responsibility lies solely with the child. Checking in regularly with the Advocate Supervisor, and remaining a constant figure of support for the child are crucial to the success
A CASA volunteer changes the lives of children. These kids are less likely to languish in foster care, less likely to re-enter the child welfare system, and that much more likely to remain established in a loving and safe home. You have the power to provide that opportunity for a child.
-Ally, CASA intern