CASA Volunteer Advocate Job Description
A CASA must be 21 years of age or older.
The applicant must successfully complete the application process, which includes:
- A written application
- Three references, two of whom are unrelated to the applicant
- An interview with CASA staff members
- Necessary background clearances
- PA State Criminal Clearance
- ChildLine Clearance
- FBI Fingerprint National Criminal Clearance
- National Sex Offender Registry Check
- Lancaster County Children and Youth Social Service Agency records check
- Social Security verification
- Mandated Reporter online training (completed during pre-service training)
- A CASA must have the ability to keep all case and court information completely confidential
- A CASA must be able to communicate effectively, both written and orally
- A CASA must have the ability to respect people from various backgrounds
- A CASA must have the ability to transport themselves
- A CASA must follow guidelines set forth by CASA of Lancaster County, in accordance with the National CASA Association
Volunteers shall be recruited and accepted into the CASA of Lancaster County program without regard to race, gender, age (21 years and older), religion, nationality, color, creed, disability or sexual orientation.
Please note that these background checks need to be renewed every three years as per affiliation with the National CASA Association.
Duties and Responsibilities
Ensure a child’s best interests are represented at every stage in the case.
- Most importantly, speaking with the child and also, speaking with others who play a major role in the child’s life, including parents, foster parents, therapists, teachers and doctors
- Visiting face to face with the child or family at a minimum of three hours a month, or as directed by staff
- Maintain complete and confidential records about the case
- Review appropriate records related to the case
Report findings to the court by submitting formal written reports to the Judge and attorneys on the case.
- Provide a written court report containing factual information and recommendations at each court hearing
Ensure representation of child's best interest
- Attend appropriate child-focused meetings and participate collaboratively
- These meetings may address the child’s placement, educational needs, or mental health
Monitor a case following each court hearing
- Ensure case plan is being followed
- Ensure court ordered services are being provided to the child and the family in a timely manner
Consult regularly with CASA staff
- Develop case plan
- Check in with CASA staff once a week during the first three months of your case, and every other week there after
- Submit court reports to a minimum of 14 days prior to court date
- Participate in annual evaluations