Volunteer Your Time to Change a Child's Life
Nobody longs for a safe and loving family more than a child in foster care. As a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteer, you are empowered by the courts to help make this dream a reality. You will not only bring positive change to the lives of these vulnerable children, but also their children and generations to come. And in doing so, you will enrich your life as well.
What Do CASA Volunteers Do?
CASA volunteers listen first. Then they act.
Volunteers 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 Volunteer?
You do not have to be a lawyer or a social worker to be a volunteer. We welcome people from all walks of life. We are simply looking for people who care about children and have common sense. As a volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and well supported by professional staff to help you through each case.
Steps to Becoming a CASA Volunteer
Step 1: Look to See Which Local CASA Programs are in your Area.
Check out our Idaho Region Map. We are currently located in 44 different counties around Idaho.
Step 2: Contact your Local CASA Program.
Fill out an application and your local program will interview you and go over the specific details. Local Programs »
Step 3: Complete CASA Training.
Volunteers must complete a training of 30 hours. This training equips our volunteers with knowledge of child abuse, juvenile law, and court structure. CASA training prepares you to be a strong advocate for our children.
Step 4: Take your Oath Before a Judge.
Congratulations! You’ve become a sworn CASA volunteer. Now you are ready to be appointed to a child who desperately needs your help.
NCASA training calendar as a resource.:
Advocacy Resources for CASA Volunteers and Program Staff (NCASA website):