Help takes on many forms.
There are a number of ways to become involved in our organization. A CASA volunteer is a trained community volunteer who is appointed by a juvenile court judge to speak for an abused or neglected child’s best interests. Volunteers are required to complete 30 hours of pre-service training, submit to screening and background checks and they must be 21 years of age or older.
You can also make a difference in a child’s life by making a financial contribution. As a private, not-for-profit, it’s our duty to raise all of the money necessary to support our program. We allocate our donor dollars to making the most impact in a young person’s life—thank you for your support.
- The average amount of time spent on your case varies
- Visit with your child on a regular basis
- For many children their CASA is the most consistent adult in their life, and sometimes the only adult who is not being paid to care about them
- Gather important information
- Accurate information is the only way a Judge can make the tough decisions that will affect these children’s futures. Should they return home? Be placed in an adoptive home? Moved to a different Foster Placement? Placed with a relative? You become the eyes and ears of the Judge so that decisions made can truly be in the child’s best interest
- Make sure that the child’s needs are being met
- Education issues, health issues, emotional concerns. You become the expert on this child, informing the court of any concerns that need to be addressed.
- Write a report for the Judge
- You will get training and as much help as you need to write your report
- 18 month commitment
- Most cases will come to a conclusion in this time frame. The best possible situation is for the CASA to stay on the case until the child is in a safe and loving home. You are the bridge to that safe place
CASA of Tulare County provides ongoing training and support for every volunteer. Each volunteer is assigned a case supervisor who serves as a resource for the volunteer every step of the way.
Everyday In America:
8,200 children are reported abused, neglected or abandoned. 500 children are placed in foster care or institutions. 5 children die from physical abuse.
To report suspected child abuse 24-hours a day call: 1-800-331-1585