- Must complete a minimum of 30 hours of training that takes place over several weeks.
- The training covers information on the role of the advocate, about child development and social issues affecting families, and a broad overview of the court process relating to child abuse and neglect cases.
- They must also complete 12 hours of in- service training annually.
- Review documents and records, interview the children, family members and professionals in their lives.
- Update the court on developments with agencies and family members. Ensure that appropriate motions are filed on behalf of the child so the court knows about any changes in the child's situation.
- Check to see that plans are being followed and mandated review hearings are being held.
- Ensure that the children and their family are receiving appropriate services and advocate for those that are not immediately available. Bring concerns about the child's health, education, mental health, etc. to the appropriate professionals.
- Seek cooperative solutions among individuals and organizations involved in the children's lives. As one volunteer said: Be the glue that connects the pieces in a complicated child welfare system.
- Help the child understand the court proceedings
Issues/Problems That May Arise
- There may be a conflict of interest between the CASA worker and the court.
- A CASA worker may get to emotional for a particular case.
- CASA worker may become emotionally drained during a case.
- Some workers may work long hours for a case, and it interferes with personal life.