- Posses emotional maturity, stability and common sense.
- Be objective and flexible.
- Exhibit self assurance and assertiveness.
- Have the ability to deal with hostility and rejection.
- Be able to keep information confidential.
- Be able to work within established guidelines.
- Have the ability to interview, observe, listen and analyze written material.
- Be able to write clearly and concisely.
- Have the ability to make decisions and set goals.
- Be willing to commit to the program for a minimum of 18 months.
- Be 21 years of age.
- High school graduate or GED diploma.
- Complete 30 hours of training.
- 6 hours of court observation.
Upon successful completion of application, background and reference checks, personal interview, pre-service training, court observations, the CASA volunteer may be formally accepted as an advocate at the swearing-in ceremony. The CASA reports directly to the Executive Director.
- Complete application.
- Cooperate with reference and background checks.
- Successfully complete 30 hours of pre-service training.
- Sign confidentiality policy and oath to avoid conflicts of interest.
- Accept the assignment of a case as agreed between the Executive Director and reading the case file.
- Plan the strategy after meeting with the Executive Director and reading the case file.
- Research the case, review record, and interview the parties (child, family members, foster family, teachers, social workers, and other interested parties).
- Maintain complete written records of the case including appointments, interviews and any information gathered on the case.
- Continue to consult with the Executive Director throughout the case.
- Prepare written reports for the courts two weeks prior to the court hearing to be reviewed and approved by the Executive Director.
- Attend all court hearings for the case and assure that the best interest of the child(ren) are being representing at every stage of the process.
- Attend DCFS's Administrative Case Reviews for the case.
- While assigned to the case, continue contact with the child(ren) at least monthly.
- Determine whether appropriate services, including reasonable efforts, are being provided for the child and family.
- Continue to monitor the case for a period of assignment to assure compliance with the court orders and to notify the court if such orders are being violated.
- Determine if a permanent plan has been developed for the child .
- Work cooperatively with others within the child welfare system to strive for a permanency plan that best suits the child(ren).
- Attend 12 hours of in-service education annually.
- Complete monthly data sheets for the program.
- Participate in annual review.
- Accept, adhere to and support the mission and policies of CASA of Jefferson County.