CASA Worker by. Alexia Lamb "Nothing you Do for children is ever wasted"-Garrison Keillor

What Is A CASA Worker

A CASA worker is appointed by a judge to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court and other settings.

Education

  • 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.

Daily Tasks

  • 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

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Work Skills

  • Communication Skills
  • Negotiating Skills
  • Writing Skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Adaptability
  • Team work
  • Organization
  • Responsible
  • Listening Skills

Benefits

  • Many offer a 401k program
  • They also offer health, dental, and vision coverage
  • Some programs offer other thinks like legal services

Salary

The average salary for the CASA program director is $38,027.

Work Schedule

  • About half of CASA worker work full time
  • A typical worker works about 10 to 15 hours a month on a single case.
  • Two to three cases a month depending

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.

Work Environment

  • They spend a lot of their time in court.
  • They may also go to foster homes to talk with the child.
  • May conduct interview in various homes and offices.

How Do They Help Children And/ Or Families

  • CASA workers help put children in a safer and better environment, than the one they are in.
  • They make sure the child is in a loving home that is safe, because that is what every child deserves to have.

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