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Without our wonderful volunteer advocates, hundreds of abused and neglected children would not have a strong voice in their corner. If you would like to speak up for a child, no special experience is required. Our advocates come from all walks of life with a variety of professional and educational backgrounds. Free training is provided.  Henrico CASA Volunteers have advocated for children from newborns to teenagers. Many more abused and neglected children could benefit from having a CASA Volunteer.

Getting started: Prospective volunteers can obtain an application by clicking here or by sending an email request to Jeannine Panzera, the Program Manager, at  Applicants must complete an interview and undergo finger printing, criminal, and child abuse registry checks.

Training: Volunteers attend at least 40 hours of pre-service training which is scheduled in the evenings after work hours and on Saturdays. The trainees learn about the court process, the social service system, child development and educational advocacy, domestic violence, substance abuse and the special needs of children who have been abused and neglected. At "graduation," CASAs become sworn in as officers of the court. As many children are waiting, new volunteers are likely to be assigned a case very quickly.

Time: Typically, a CASA Volunteer spends a few hours each week on a case. Volunteers will complete home visits, follow up with case collaterals, write a report to the judge and attend court.  The CASA's time commitment is dictated by the complexity of their assigned case. Volunteers are asked to commit at least one year, but many stay longer, knowing it is best for the child to stay with the case until it is fully resolved.

Support: CASA volunteers work closely with social workers, attorneys, treatment providers, and others involved in helping children. Each volunteer is guided and assisted through the complexities and challenges of his or her case by a member of the Henrico CASA staff.

Join us at our next volunteer advocate training
starting in spring 2018!
Volunteers attend class for a total of 40 hours.
Please click here for the spring 2018 training schedule!

To find out more about volunteering or to apply, click on the links below (requires Acrobat Reader):

WANTED: Mature, responsible adults with a profound sense of caring for children.

SKILLS NEEDED: Willing to study laws, regulations, child development, interviewing and report writing techniques. Requires listening, writing and computer skills, and the ability to work with other professionals.

APPLY TODAY: To volunteer your time for a child, please complete our CASA volunteer application.