Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer Opportunities

Girl Sitting on Pavement with Chalk Drawing of CASA
The Hanover CASA Program advocates for the best interests of children involved in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court process. The CASA program trains and supervises volunteers who gather information that is shared with the court when making decisions about the needs of abused and neglected children, or other children involved in juvenile dependency cases.

Casa Volunteers

  • Come from various backgrounds and experiences
  • Are at least 21 years of age and pass Criminal and Child Protective Service Central Registry checks
  • Attend about 40 hours of training to learn how to serve as a CASA
  • Are sworn in by the court and are appointed by the judge to serve on specific cases
  • Must have the ability to remain objective while dealing with families and children in crisis
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality
  • Attend 12 hours of on-going training each year
  • Serve at least one child until a final decision is made, which is often for a year.
  • Keep program staff informed of all activities related to assigned case and communicate with him or her monthly
  • Meet with the child face to face at least once a month
  • Interview family members and professionals involved in the case
  • Attend court dates and other meetings
  • Prepare written reports stating facts gathered by the CASA, which includes recommendations for services and placement of the child

Interested in Becoming a Casa Volunteer?

Contact the Department of Community Resources at 804-365-4300 or by email.