Becoming a CASA

We are so excited that you are interested in becoming a CASA and joining us in our mission to support abused and neglected children in the court system. Take the first step towards changing a child's story by signing up today.

Begin your CASA journey by completing our online application form*. The application asks about general background information, as well as a few short answer questions about your other community involvements, personal strengths and skills, and your interest in CASA.  All volunteers must be at least 21 years of age and reside in Knox, Warren, Henderson, or McDonough County. 

You will also be asked to the provide contact information of three references, and authorize a background check. CASA requires background checks and fingerprints for all volunteers. 

After you complete the application, one of our Advocate Coordinators will be in touch with you to schedule a brief interview. 

*The application form can be found online at tinyurl.com/becomeacasa. If you would prefer to fill out a hard copy of the application, please reach out to kcorbin@casaofwestcentralillinois.com.   

After being accepted, you will be enrolled in our CASA training course. This course is designed to provide you with all the fundamental knowledge and skills you will need to be a successful CASA. By the end of training, you will have practiced writing a court report, learned about the primary roles and functions of a CASA, and talked through different challenges that might arise.

Classes are engaging and interactive. You will be in a class with other incoming CASA volunteers and will be led by one of our certified Training Facilitators.  Currently, all classes meet virtually via Zoom. For more information about dates and times of training, see below or email kcorbin@casaofwestcentralillinois.org

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Summer Training Course!

Mondays 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

July 11th through August 8th

After you complete training, you will be sworn in by the judge as an official court-appointed special advocate! You will then work with your Advocate Coordinator to select your first case.  

Advocates are expected to meet with their assigned child a minimum of once per month, and attend court hearings and other meetings as needed. Advocates are also required to participate in 12 hours of continuing education each year after being sworn in. 

Still have questions?

Attend one of our monthly information sessions to learn more about CASA and the application process! 

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