A child has rights. As national spokespersons for CASA for Children, Dr. Phil and Robin are committed to giving a voice to the many children who fall through the cracks in the foster care system.
Each year, more than 600,000 children experience foster care in this country. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system. Volunteers are given a case and commit to staying on it until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.
You don’t have to worry about having a specialized education or background; your desire to help abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes is enough. CASA volunteers must pass a background check and participate in a 30-hour training course. After successfully completing the course, the volunteer is assigned his or her first case. The average time commitment to a case is approximately 10 hours per month, and volunteers are asked to stay with a case until it is closed, a year and a half on average.
Typical duties include:
Are you ready to stand up for a child who needs you? Start today by finding a program near you.
Bonnie shares her experiences as a CASA volunteer.