Become a CASA Volunteer!

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate and is a volunteer commitment unlike any other. Mandated by state statutes, the CASA volunteer functions as an officer of the court and has access to all confidential records pertaining to the child.  The CASA volunteer offers consistency for a child when others in their life may change due to moves in placement or other circumstances.

CASA volunteers are trained, dedicated adults who advocate for a child’s best interests in juvenile court.  The information gathered by the volunteer is submitted to the court. These recommendations and concerns help to better inform the the Judge as he or she makes decisions on the case.  CASA volunteers are guided by their advocate supervisors who provide coaching and oversight throughout the case.

Sign Up Now – Become a CASA Volunteer!

To be a CASA volunteer, you:

      • Must be at least 21 years old.
      • Must be able to pass a background check, confidential interview, and successfully complete training.

Additional restrictions may apply, please complete our simple Inquiry Form if you’re ready to volunteer!

Making a Difference

The CASA volunteer visits the child(ren) on his or her case at least monthly to assess how well they are doing in their current placement and develop a rapport with the child.  To learn more about the difference CASA of Oklahoma County makes, please attend our regular Open House the last Tuesday of each month!

The National CASA Association has determined that children with a CASA volunteer on their cases:

  • Receive more services than those without a CASA volunteer;
  • Perform better in school (more likely to pass courses, less likely to exhibit poor conduct, and less likely to be expelled);
  • Are more likely to be adopted;
  • Are half as likely to reenter foster care;
  • Are substantially less likely to remain in long term foster care.
Educational Advocacy

A Court-Appointed Special Educational Advocate (CASEA) is a trained court-appointed special advocate volunteer sworn in by a judge to represent the educational best interests of the children to whom he/she is appointed in the juvenile deprived court system. To do this, the CASEA must investigate the child’s educational circumstances, provide fact-based information, and recommend a course of action to the Court while becoming a source of support for the child. The CASEA will be trained in several research based techniques for working successfully within the school culture.  The CASEA works closely with an Educational Advocate Coordinator, who provides technical support and direction.

Training

CASA of Oklahoma County’s thorough training process provides the volunteer with in-depth information about the courts and case dynamics.  Our two training options are structured to cater to a variety of learning styles.  Flex Training takes place both online and in the classroom and is a five-week program.  Traditional training takes place entirely in a classroom setting and lasts for ten weeks.  Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information on our training options.

Continuing Training

After becoming a volunteer, additional training is required annually in compliance with national standard. In-service formal training is available quarterly to help volunteers meet the twelve hours of continuing education annually.  This is a great way for practicing advocate volunteers to keep their basic skills sharp and to provide a more in-depth study of critical issues relating to child abuse and neglect.

Enhanced Curriculum

Fostering Futures
Just over 50% of the abused and neglected children served by CASA of OK County are within the age range of 7 to 21. In 2013, CASA of Oklahoma County was fortunate to receive funding to allow the implementation of the Fostering Futures curriculum.  Fostering Futures curriculum, created by the National CASA Association, focuses on improving outcomes for older and emancipating youth, ages 14 to 21, served by CASA volunteers. The training is designed to equip advocates with the necessary resources in preparing youth who verge on aging out of the system with the tools needed to set future-focused goals. This program empowers these at-risk teenagers and young adults with practical knowledge needed for managing personal finances, job-seeking skills, finding housing and engaging in healthy relationships.