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.
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.
Additionally, applicants must live or work in Oklahoma County. If you are from another county or jurisdiction, please visit the Oklahoma CASA Association website to find a program in your area.
Still not certain volunteering with CASA is right for you? Check out our FAQ or call our Recruitment Director, Kathy, at 405-713-6602.
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.