Advocate for children who come to the attention of the courts due to abuse or neglect.
- Must be 21 years or older.
- Must pass all screening procedures including: written application, personal interview, three to four personal references and review of applicants criminal, traffic and child protection records.
- Must have sufficient time available to complete initial training and then commit to completion of the assigned case. (Cases average 18 months in length and advocates spend about 10 to 12 hours per month fulfilling their duties.)
- Respect a child’s inherent right to grow up with dignity in a safe environment that meets that child’s best interests.
- Ensure that the child’s best interests are represented at every stage of the case.
- Complete all initial and ongoing training.
- Report any new incidents of child abuse or neglect to appropriate authorities.
- Review pertinent records pertaining to the child.
- Maintain weekly contact with the assigned child and contact as needed with relevant others
(e.g. parents, relatives, foster parents, social workers, AODA staff, school personnel, mental health providers, etc.)
- Provide written monthly reports in a timely and appropriate manner to the CASA of the Fox Cities Inc. (CASAFC) staff.
- Confer with the CASAFC staff and case social worker to keep them apprised of the child’s status or any need for change.
- Attend court hearings and staff meetings pertaining to the child, and potentially provide testimony on the child’s behalf.
- Maintain all standards of confidentiality in relation to the case.
- Exhibit professionalism in behavior and appearance.
- Abide by the policies and procedures identified in the CASAFC Policy and Procedure manual.
CASAFC advocate volunteers must complete the initial training consisting of: 30 hours of classroom training; six hours of reading / writing / discussion assignments; four hours of observation of juvenile court proceedings and be sworn-in by a judge. Additionally, 12 hours of in-service training are required each year after the first year of service.
CASAFC volunteers will be supervised and supported by a staff member. While active on a case, volunteers and supervisors will connect at least monthly. Small group discussions will also be offered allowing advocates to share and learn from each other.