What is the role of a CASA volunteer?

CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates) are trained community volunteers appointed by judges to provide information and make recommendations to the court about what is in the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse.   
 
CASAs are objective community volunteers, who are not part of the child welfare system, who focus their efforts solely on providing a voice for the child and making recommendations in regards to services, placement, visitation, reunification, and permanency. CASA volunteers monitor the child's situation while they are in foster care to make sure they are safe and to ensure their psychological, physical, educational, and other needs are met, with the ultimate goal of finding them a safe, stable, and permanent home. 

What duties must be performed by CASAs?

CASAs typically take on one or two cases at a time. To ensure they are acting in the child’s best interest and working towards their goal of finding a safe and permanent home, CASA volunteers must…

  • Visit the child regularly
  • Interview relevant parties
    • Teachers, doctors, family members, etc.
  • Monitor the child’s home environment
  • Research their case and review court records
  • File reports
  • Participate in treatment planning conferences
  • Identify and advocate for services for the child
  • Attend court hearings
    • This may include providing a testimony when necessary
  • Help ensure that the Court’s Orders are being followed
  • Help the child understand the court proceedings and decisions
  • Stay engaged until the child is in a safe, permanent home

 

Who is qualified to be a CASA?

There are no educational or previous employment requirements for becoming a CASA volunteer. People from all cultures and professions, and of all ethnic and educational backgrounds, are welcome and encouraged to volunteer. Once accepted into the program, you will receive thorough training in courtroom procedures, social services, the juvenile justice system, and the special needs of abused and neglected children.

Once training is completed, volunteers continue to have the support of their local CASA program staff, as well as opportunities for continued education and resources provided by the Kentucky CASA Network and the National CASA Association.

What are the requirements for becoming a CASA? 

The National CASA Association requires that CASA volunteers must…

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Be willing to complete necessary background checks, provide references, and participate in an interview prior to being accepted into the program
  • Complete a minimum of 30 hours of training before accepting their first case
  • Be available for court appearances, with advance notice
  • Be willing to commit to the CASA program until your first case is closed (a year and a half, on average)

 

 

 

 

 

— REQUEST VOLUNTEER INFO —
 

Advocate and children outside

 

Volunteer with Your Local CASA Program

 

Marshall and Callaway Counties

CASA by the Lakes

Contact: Angelia Boyd, Executive Director

(270) 761 – 0164

casapr@murray-ky.net

www.facebook.com/CASAByTheLakes

 

Graves County 

Graves County Child Advocacy Program

Contact: Kassandra Keeling

(270) 251-2060

childadv2@calldialog.net

www.gravescountychildadvocacy.org

 

Bullitt County

CASA Program for Bullitt County

Contact: Dana Elkins, Volunteer Coordinator

(502) 543 – 4554

danae@bccasa.org

www.bccasa.org

 

Kenton and Campbell Counties

CASA for Kids of Kenton & Campbell County

Contact: Nikki Jeffries, Executive Director

(859) 392 – 1791

nicky@casaforkidsnky.org

www.casaforkidsnky.org/

 

Madison County

Madison County CASA

Contact: Julie Melloan, Executive Director

(859) 625 - 1900

casaofmadisoncounty@yahoo.com

www.madisoncasa.org

 

Fayette and Bourbon Counties

CASA of Lexington

Contact: Melynda Jamison, Executive Director

(859) 246 – 4313

mjamison@lexingtonky.gov

www.lexingtoncasa.com

 

Jefferson, Henry, Oldham, Shelby,

Spencer, and Trimble Counties

CASA of the River Region

Contact: Amanda Parmenter, Volunteer Coordinator

(502) 595-4911

amanda@casarr.org

www.casariverregion.org

 

Henderson and Union Counties

Henderson County CASA

Contact: Annette Newman, CASA Coordinator

(270) 830 – 8400

annettenewman.cac@gmail.com

www.cacgrd.org

 

Bracken, Fleming, and Mason Counties

CASA Program for Bracken,
Fleming & Mason Counties

Contact: Shanda Hamilton, Executive Director

(606) 563 – 7431

casa@maysvilleky.net

www.facebook.com/CASA-of-Bracken-Fleming-Mason-Counties

 

Daviess, Hancock, and Ohio Counties

CASA of the Ohio Valley

Contact: Rosemary Conder, Executive Director

(270) 683-2138

director@casaovky.org

www.casaofohiovalley.org

 

Hardin County

CASA of the Heartland

Contact: Debra Smith, Executive Director

(270) 982-2272

dsmith@casaheartland.org

http://www.casaheartland.org

 

Hopkins, Webster, and Crittenden Counties

CASA of Hopkins, Webster, and Crittenden Counties

Contact: Daphyne Maddox, Executive Director

(270) 875-5646

casaofhwc@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/casaofhopkinswebstercrittenden

 

McCracken County

CASA Project of McCracken County

Contact: Dana Sanderson or Liz Hansen

(270) 443-1440

dsanderson@childwatchcac.org

lhansen@childwatchcac.org

www.childwatchcac.org

 

Boone County

Boone County CASA

Contact: Colleen Maier, Executive Director

(859) 586-1222

cbohman@boonecountyky.org

www.casanky.com

 

Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Metcalfe, and Warren Counties

CASA of South Central Kentucky

Contact: Diane Eidson, Advocate Coordinator

(270) 782-5353

diane@casaofsck.org

www.casaofsck.org

 

Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, and Mercer Counties

CASA of the Bluegrass

Contact: Laura Guerrant, Executive Director

(859) 936-3510

laura@casaofthebluegrass.org

www.casaofthebluegrass.org

 

Floyd and Pike Counties

CASA of Eastern Kentucky

Contact: Shawna Kelly, Program Director

(606) 886-8520

shawna@eastkycasa.org

 www.eastkycasa.org

 

Nelson County

NELCASA

Contact: Kate Mudd, Executive Director

kmudd.nelcasa@gmail.com

www.nelcasa.org

 

Boyd County

CASA of Northeast Kentucky

Contact: Valerie Hund, Advocate Coordinator

(606) 739-2177

vhund@casaneky.net

www.casaofnortheastky.net

 

Breckinridge, Grayson, and Meade Counties

Tri-County CASA

Contact: Angela Buckles, Volunteer Coordinator

(502) 744-3137

angelambuckles@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/Tricountycasaky