Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to be a CASA?

CASAs must be at least 21 years of age, have reliable transportation, and internet access. They must also pass a background check. 

What does a CASA do?

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASAs are appointed by a judge to advocate on behalf of an abused or neglected child in the foster care system. The CASA gathers information and makes recommendations to the court about the child's best interest. Responsibilites include visiting with the child monthly, writing reports, and attending court and other meetings as necessary.  

What is the time commitment?

When you become a CASA, you are committing to serving for at least one year. Prior to your first case, you must complete approximately 30 hours of training. Once you have a case, you can expect to spend about 10 hours a month on case-related activities.  

What is the training like?

The CASA training course consists of bi-weekly classes over the span of 6 weeks. Classes are engaging and interactive. Prior to being sworn in, you will also have the opportunity to shadow court. 

What impact does a CASA make?

Having a stable, trusted adult whom a child can rely on makes a huge difference. Research has shown that kids with a CASA assigned to their case are more likely to succeed in school, more likely to find a safe and permanent home, and half as likely to re-enter the foster care system. 

How do I become a CASA?

You can sign up for an upcoming training course at tinyurl.com/becomeacasa!

 If you have questions or want to learn more, please feel free to reach out to Kelly Corbin at kcorbin@casaofwestcentralillinois.com