Upcoming Training Dates:


What is C.A.S.A.?

CASA Café - March 20th, 12pm-1pm

Speaker: James Rodgers, Garth House

RSVP to Mika Benoit at mbenoit@casasetx.org.


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.



March  Volunteer Spotlight

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.

2015 CASA of Southeast Texas, Inc. | 2449 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77702 | Phone: (409) 832-CASA (2272) | Fax: (409) 832-8260

"I heard about CASA while I was watching an old episode of Dr. Phil. The stories I heard about abused children touched my heart. It was said that anyone could be a voice for the children in court. For me, that was symbolic because my own child who suffers from autism cannot speak for herself. I am used to being her voice in her everyday struggles, and I felt that I could do the same for other children as well. My experience as a CASA Volunteer Advocate has been great so far. I love meeting with the children, and it does my heart good to see them thrive so well during this transition. I have learned so much and have met a wonderful group of passionate people. I recommend that others become a CASA Volunteer Advocate as well because the world needs more acts of kindness. It is good to give back and make a positive influence on the most vulnerable of all, children."

Rachel Seward

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, Mika Benoit, directly with questions at mbenoit@casasetx.org.



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, Mika Benoit, directly with questions at mbenoit@casasetx.org.

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

May 9th

Online Training Begins

May 16th

In-Class Training Begins

May 18th

Saturday Class

June 10th

Last Class

June 22nd

Swearing In

TBA

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.


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