CHILD ADVOCATES OF NEVADA COUNTY
200 Providence Mine Road, Suite 210
Nevada City, Nevada
The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program coordinates volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who are dependents of the Nevada County Juvenile Dependency Court, helping to ensure they have a chance to live in a safe and permanent home.
People from all walks of life may apply to be CASA
volunteers. Concern for children, willingness to learn about the child welfare and court systems, a commitment of 10-15 hours a month, good writing and communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively are some of what’s needed to be a CASA.
Contact the CASA program for an application packet. Application includes a personal interview and comprehensive background check. Trainings for the CASA Program are held in the spring and fall; however interested persons can apply at any time. Volunteers must have driver's license and current insurance.
Volunteer application and duties include: complete background check and 35 hour training plus 12 hours annually of continuing education, make a 12-18 month commitment to the program, keep all client & court information confidential, communicate regularly with CASA staff.
Trained volunteers meet face-to-face with the child a minimum of twice a month, preferably once a week for an hour or two, speak with the child and relevant adults (parents, foster parents, family members, school officials, doctors, social workers, and others involved in the child’s life) who might have facts about the case, review appropriate records and reports, observe the child and significant others, report findings to the court by submitting formal reports to the judge at every hearing.Web pages