Become an Advocate
Volunteer advocates speak up for children.
Henrico CASA trains volunteers to help our county's most vulnerable children thrive in safe, loving homes. These volunteers are called Court Appointed Special Advocates, aka CASAs, because they are appointed by judges serving in the Henrico County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court to speak up for the best interests of children experiencing possible abuse and/or neglect. CASAs build a relationship with the child, gather information, and collaborate with professionals in order to make a recommendation to the court. As our judges often note, these recommendations are vital to making the best decisions possible on behalf of vulnerable children.
CASA volunteers provide "unbiased reporting of the circumstances to assist the court with making a better informed decision."
- Judge, Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
Meet a few of our volunteer advocates.
Waiting children need YOU to be their voice.
Without an advocate, hundreds of abused and neglected children would not have a strong voice in their corner. Will you join us in our mission to ensure every abused child has a voice?
Volunteers come from all walks of life and a variety of educational and professional backgrounds. No experience is required.
If you would like to become a CASA, please fill out the volunteer application below. Applicants are also required to (1) participate in a virtual information session (links to register below), (2) complete an interview, and (3) undergo fingerprinting, criminal, and child abuse registry checks.
Learn more at a virtual information session!
The first step to becoming a volunteer advocate is to attend an information session. Click below to register for our summer information session OR click HERE to request access to view a pre-recorded session.
REGISTER: Virtual Information Session August 10 (12pm)
Additional details about the advocate role and training are below: