Volunteer Advocate Requirements

  1. Must be at least 20 years old
  2. Must complete application and provide 4 references other than relatives.
  3. Must participate in a pre-training interview, and pass KBI and DCF background checks.
  4. Must participate in 30 hours of initial training and 6 hours in-service training annually thereafter.
  5. Must observe two court hearings.
  6. Must demonstrate an ability to be objective.
  7. Must respect confidentiality of all parties.
  8. Must be sensitive to issues of cultural diversity.
  9. Must be committed to serving as a CASA volunteer for a minimum of one year.

Volunteering During COVID

Volunteering during COVID looks a little different. We work on a case-by-case basis and take into consideration the safety of the child, family, placement, and volunteer when it comes to making face-to-face visits. The requirement for making at least face-to-face visits with the child is currently waived in most cases. The core work of advocating for the best interest of the child has not changed. You will still maintain contact with the child and others involved in the child's life and case to keep the court informed and to make recommendations.

Volunteer Advocate Time Commitment

Approximately 3 hours per week.

Volunteer Advocate Training

Training is conducted after review of the application and an initial interview.  In response to COVID, training will be conducted in groups using an "online self-study" curriculum with 6 modules. The reading and content is completed on your own, and then video group discussions will be hosted after completing the homework to discuss, answer questions, and check for understanding. The specific dates and times of the training will be established when we have sufficient applications to form the next group or cohort.  Initial training takes 30 hours to complete, including homework, online modules, and group "video" discussions.

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To apply to become a volunteer, use the printable or fillable PDF form. Email the form (see link below), or send printed forms to:

Administrative Assistant
Douglas County CASA, Inc.
1009 New Hampshire, Suites A & B
Lawrence, KS 66044

If you have further questions, contact us at (785) 832-5172 or email us at casaadmin@douglascountyks.org

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