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BECOME A VOLUNTEER

As mentioned, working with children who have suffered abuse, neglect and/or abandonment can be difficult for all involved. We train volunteers well in order to make sure that it is a rewarding experience for all. We want our volunteers to feel comfortable and prepared for the meaningful journey ahead. 

For those who are interested and are seeking additional information, we host informational meetings. The informational meeting provides prospective advocates with all of the information needed to help decide if becoming a CASA is right for you. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about the program. We will do our best to provide answers to any question posed.

If you are interested in attending an informational meeting, please visit our UPCOMING EVENTS page. You can also contact Amy Baum with additional questions you may have.


Amy Baum contact information:

phone: 636-789-1766

email: abaum@jeffersoncountycasa.org 

A class of volunteers at their swearing in with Honorable Judge Dougherty.
CASA volunteers are responsible for becoming sometimes the only stable person in the child's life. Volunteers also work with the entire family support team (attorneys, caseworkers, GALs, juvenile officers, counselors, teachers, biological family and foster family) in order to determine what is in the best interest of the child. The volunteer then shares this information in court so that the judge can make the most informed decision. It is important that someone advocate for the child when they may not be able to speak for themselves. Since this is of utmost importance we ask that prospective volunteers meet the following basic requirements.

Qualifications:
- Age 21 or older
- An open minded, caring citizen who shares the CASA of Jefferson County vision that every child live in a safe and permanent home.
- Complete the CASA of Jefferson County application
- Pass criminal background checks
- have regular access to email as a means of communication

Time Commitment:
- Make a commitment to remain with the case until permanency is achieved
- Complete CASA training & courtroom observation
- Dedicate 10-12 hours a month to information gathering, team meetings, court hearings, visits, etc.
- Flexibility to attend court hearings and meetings occasionally scheduled during the day