Being a CASA Volunteer means you:

  - Are at least 21 years old.
  - Are willing to participate in an in-depth training program.
  - Can pass criminal and CPS history background checks.
  - Able to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
  - Have a concern for children and a genuine desire to help.
  - Have the ability of remain objective.
  - Have the maturity to deal with emotional situations.
  - Can be sensitive to people who are different from you.
  - Have access to transportation and a flexible schedule.
  - Are willing to devote at least one year to a child's case.



August  Volunteer Spotlight

Once you are sworn in as a child advocate by a judge, you will be given constant support and guidance by professional staff as you search for information on what is in the child's best interest. You will get to know your CASA child and visit them regularly. You will review their case, gather new data and become familiar with the child's background. Then you will develop a report that is shared in the courtroom. Your recommendations will be considered by the judge when making decisions regarding the child.

As a CASA volunteer, you will be given support guidance, tools, and training from professionals in the field to help you understand and work effectively within the child welfare system. You will develop communication techniques and cultural competency skills, and receive relevant child development training.

CASA Advocate training is on a flex schedule where you will complete some training online as well as in class. Scroll to bottom for forms & more information.


Next Class Orientation

Sept. 16

Online Training Begins

Sept. 29

In-Class Training Begins

Sept. 27

Saturday Class

TBA

Last Class

Oct.  25

Swearing In

TBA

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA Volunteers are ordinary people doing extraordinary things for abused children. CASA of Southeast Texas, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving Jefferson County since 1992. CASA was started in Seattle, Washington in 1977 by a judge to make sure that abused and neglected children did not suffer further in an overburdened and complex child welfare system.

Advocate Corner:

"My name is Megan Hemmenway. I'm 32 years old, a wife and mother of 4. I decided to become a CASA volunteer after hearing about several child abuse cases on the local news. It stirred something up inside of me, after hearing about the brutality some of these children endured. I wanted to do something to help these children and their parents. The foster care system is broken, but I've found working with CASA, there are a lot of people who care about the welfare of these children. A whole big group of people. We aren't perfect, but we love these kids! I also wanted to help my community and this could be my contribution. If you want change, you have to get up and do it. You can make a difference. You may be the only positive thing in the lives of some of these children. That is what motivates me. Every child deserves to have a loving family that supports them and cheers them on, and I represent them. I'm the voice for these kids who otherwise might be overlooked by a broken system. Becoming a volunteer for CASA has been a tremendous blessing."

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Upcoming Training Dates:

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Volunteers

If you would like to become a CASA advocate, please print, complete and mail/fax the following required forms below. For further questions, please contact our office at (409) 832-CASA (2272), or email our CASA Trainer, Sjerri Andferson, directly with questions at sanderson@casasetx.org.

CASA Café - Sept 18, 12pm-1pm

RSVP to Sheri Anderson sanderson@casasetx.org


Julie Stamey –August Volunteer Spotlight

It seems that God has always placed a burden for children on my heart.  I have been involved with Sunday school, supported children overseas and was blessed to go to China twice to work in the orphanages.  Then one evening my husband and I were invited to the “Justice is Served” dinner and I listened to the CASA volunteers talking about the children they served and I knew that I could help children here in my area by being a volunteer.  It isn’t always easy for me because I work full time and it’s hard to find the time to go visit my children, but seeing them in their foster homes and getting to be a part of their lives makes it all worthwhile.

 As a child advocate, the CASA volunteer has  four main responsibilities:

 1. To be a friend and a constant in your CASA child's life.
 2. To serve as a fact-finder for the judge by thoroughly researching 
     the background of each assigned case.
 3. To speak for your child's best interest in the courtroom.
 4. To advocate for the child during the life of the case, to ensure that it is
     brought to a swift and appropriate conclusion.



New Program for CASA of Southeast Texas

Partner Advocate Training

  Partner Advocates will be able to participate in all events, assist in the  office and will also be able to accompany trained volunteer advocates on home  visits but will not be allowed to manage a case. You will have to undergo  confidentiality training, security training, a fingerprint background check and  other training to qualify as a Partner Advocate. Once the 2 hour training has  been completed, you will also be sworn in by one of the family court judges at one of CASA’s already scheduled volunteer ceremonies.

Contact our office for more information at 409-832-2272, or email our CASA Trainer, Sherri Anderson, directly with questions at sanderson@casasetx.org