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.
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.
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.