Advocates are the heart of CASA of Laramie County and without them we would not exist in the community capacity that we do. We realize that not everyone has the availability of time to be a CASA for a child, but may still want to contribute. Donations of time and assistance are needed with fundraisers, becoming a board member, mentoring advocates, general office assistance, assistance with conferences and trainings, donation of food, donation of money, and the list goes on. If you are interested in becoming an advocate in any capacity please contact us at email@example.com or at (307) 222-1902. Thank you ahead for your support of CASA.
Necessary knowledge, skills, and other requirements to be a CASA advocate:
- Must be 21 years of age.
- Ability to keep all information confidential.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Ability to respect and relate to people from various backgrounds.
- Ability to transport self.
- Ability to deal with hostility, anger and other emotional attitudes.
- Ability to maintain objectivity.
- Ability to gather and record factual information accurately.
- A basic understanding of child development and family relationships.
- Good common sense.
- Does not require specific educational training beyond a high school diploma or GED.
- Advocates are required to make an eighteen-month commitment to the program. It is best for the children if a CASA is committed for the duration of the case.
- Advocates are required to attend all court hearings for their cases.
- Advocates are expected to be available for case assignment and to accept cases immediately upon completion of pre-service training, unless prior arrangements have been made.
- CASA advocates initially spend about 10 – 15 hours per week (for the first couple of weeks) getting acquainted with a case. After the initial time, the average time is about 10-15 hours per month. The CASA should put in as many hours as necessary to “work” the case.
- Advocates are expected to maintain an accurate accounting of time spent on a case.
Training and Support we provide you:
- CASA advocates are required to attend approximately 33 hours of pre-service training and 12 hours of in-service training annually.
- CASA advocates are to follow guidelines established by the National CASA Association.
- CASA advocates will have access to additional training opportunities offered by other agencies.
- CASA advocates shall receive direct supervision and guidance from program staff.
- CASA advocates are encouraged to call the CASA office at any time with any questions/concerns.
- Consistent contact with the CASA office is requested. “Contact” can be by email, by telephone or in person to update/appraise the Advocate Coordinator and Executive Director of developments or non-developments of an on-going case.
Although we cannot provide you with monetary rewards, there are many benefits to being a CASA advocate.
These benefits include the opportunity to:
- Make a difference in the life and future of a child who has been a victim of abuse, abandonment, exploitation, and/or neglect;
- Help a child/children find permanency in a safe, loving home;
- Assist judges in obtaining a clearer picture of a child’s life as well as the child’s wants, needs and desires;
- Gain an understanding of the District and Family courts, legal proceedings, and social service agencies;
- Develop/utilize communication skills;
- Develop/utilize assertiveness;
- Utilize your past experience/skills;
- Form friendships with like-minded people in your community;
"The child that I advocate for has been moved to a treatment center out of the state. He called me on Christmas day because he had nobody else to call."
"My CASA child lives with his Great-Grandparents, and great-grandma was recently treated for cancer. They called me because they needed time to rest. I then took the child out to eat. He told me that he really wanted to see a certain movie, but was afraid that he wouldn't get the opportunity to because of how his great-grandma was feeling. I took him to the movie and we had a great time together."
"I helped a foster mom transport two of the kids to Denver, so that they could visit their sister who they had not seen in several months. It would not have happened otherwise."
"The teenage boy in my case wanted a bicycle so that he could ride it to school rather than walk. His foster parent at the time was unable to buy him one. I was able to get one donated to him."
"CASA made it possible for a family of five kids, who are in three different foster homes, to come together so that they could all spend time with one another."
"When I talked to the Mother in my case, she was excited that her kids were going to come home, but she expressed disappointment because she did not have beds for them. I was able to acquire and give her a bunk-bed set so that they had their own beds to sleep in."
"The child that I advocate for is too young to express her wishes. When talk started happening of moving her to a relatives house who I knew wouldn't be safe, I stood up and spoke for her. She is currently still with the only family that she has ever known, and will soon be adopted by them."