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What is a CASA?

Appointed by the court, CASA volunteers advocate for the best interest of children who have come into the dependency system as a result of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Information and recommendations provided by the CASA volunteer assist the court in making crucial decisions about the child’s immediate needs and long-term permanency.

Volunteers are asked to commit to at least 2 years with the program so they can provide consistency for the child and stay with the case until the child is with returned safely to their parents or placed in a safe, permanent home. For many children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

Visit Clark County CASA’s main site.

BECOME A CASA

CASA volunteers make a lifelong difference in the life of a child who has experienced abuse or neglect. They are often the one consistent adult in the child’s life. Volunteers are asked to make a minimum two-year commitment to the program to meet the average length of a case and provide consistent advocacy for the child. Volunteers typically dedicate 8 to 12 hours per month, depending on the needs of the case.

When you join our team of trained and dedicated CASA volunteers, you will receive support and coaching from professional staff, develop an in-depth understanding of the dependency system, and network with other CASAs and community partners. If you are a student, your work may also qualify as an internship for your college or university

As an alternative to taking on the full responsibility of a CASA, volunteers may also choose to spend time in a supporting role where the time commitment would be less and the hours more flexible. CASAs in a supporting role would team up with another CASA or staff member to take on specific tasks of a case such as visiting the child.