What are the Responsibilities of a CASA Volunteer?
- Research each child’s case and conduct an independent assessment of the child’s needs and interests.
- Communicate the child’s needs at a court hearing and ensure the child’s legal rights are protected.
- Monitor parents’ and the Department of Child Services’ compliance to the court order and initiate proceedings if necessary.
As a volunteer you will be the voice of an abused or neglected child who needs to be heard throughout the legal process. In order to be eligible, a potential volunteer must:
- Be 21 years of age or older.
- Have a minimum of a high school diploma or a GED.
- Have a clean criminal history
- Complete a screening interview with CASA staff.
- Passion to help children
Who Are the Children CASA Volunteers Help?
CASA volunteers represent the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Each year, more than 600,000 children experience foster care in this country.
How Many Kids Need Help?
Knox County has a desperate need for more CASA Volunteers with a high number of children needing represented. We have over 200 Children in Need of Services and just over 60 active CASA volunteers and the volunteer only represents one or two cases at a time, therefore we have a waiting list.
How Do I Help?
How do CASA’s help? By being a non-vested party to the court case who can speak about issues at hand and help make sure the child’s needs are met. CASA’s are in a unique role. We meet with anyone involved in the case and present that information to the court. We work closely with families, attorneys, and DCS (Department of Child Services).