Become an Advocate
In order to become a CASA advocate, 35 hours of training and 3 hours of court observation are required. Two training sessions are held annually, one in the spring and one in the fall. Once trained, volunteer advocates are assigned to monitor a child's case through its duration. Advocates are asked to make a 24-month commitment to the program but staying with the case until it closes is ideal. Many times the CASA is the only constant in the child's life during this traumatic time.
As an advocate, you are responsible for visiting your child on a monthly basis. You will also review records, research information as well as talk to the foster parents, case workers and others involved in the child's case. It is also very important to appear in court on the scheduled court dates. Utilizing the information captured, the advocate then writes a report and submits it for the judge's review. The judge uses the report to help her or him make decisions about the child's placement and treatment needs.
There are no formal experience requirements to become an advocate however the following qualities are especially helpful:
emotional maturity; good judgment and common sense
objectivity and flexibility
self-assurance and assertiveness
ability to keep information confidential
able to work within established court and agency guidelines
good listening, interviewing and observation skills
able to write clearly and concisely
If you are interested in being considered for the advocate program, please complete the requested forms and submit them to the CASA office. Questions about becoming an advocate can be directed to Kathie Paravola, Program Administrator, at 630-221-0889 x306.
Become a Friend of CASA
"Friends of CASA" is a volunteer group that helps with fundraising and special projects. Friends are currently involved in various projects such as participating on event committees, developing community contacts, speaking to service organizations and assisting staff with any variety of projects. Friends are not required to make a regular commitment. If you are busy, yet would still like to be involved with CASA, consider becoming a Friend.
The Friend application is quick and easy to fill out. Please return it to the CASA office by mail or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about becoming a friend can be directed to Beth Stremel, Director of Development.
Advocate Login to Optima
National CASA Website
Illinois CASA Website
Once you have completed these forms, please submit them back to the CASA office:
By mail to:
CASA of DuPage County, Inc.
Attn: Program Administrator
505 N. County Farm Road
3rd Floor, Suite C
Wheaton, IL 60187
By fax to: 630-221-0904
By email to:email@example.com
After your forms are received and processed, the Program Administrator will contact you to set up an interview to discuss the advocate position and training requirements. We encourage you to submit the application forms at least one month prior to a scheduled training session to allow for full processing as class space is limited.