Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASA is a program that provides volunteer advocates for children who have been abused or neglected. After being appointed by a family court judge, these specially trained volunteers work with the important figures in a child’s life- such as teachers, family members and mental health professionals- to advocate for the child’s best interests both in and out of the court room. For many children in the program, their CASA volunteer will be the only stable adult presence in their life.
Each year, more than 300 children experience foster care in Onondaga County; far more than can be supported by CASA. As a result, CASA volunteers are assigned to the most difficult cases. AccessCNY hopes to grow the number of children served by the program in the near future, but we can’t do it without your help!
We are looking for volunteers who are:
- At least 21 years of age
- Willing to complete necessary background checks, provide references, and participate in an interview
- Able to complete the 30 hour pre-service training
- Available to appear for court appearances (with prior notice)
- Willing to stay with the program for the duration of the child’s case (minimum of 1 year)
Interested in volunteering for CASA? Fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch!
Program Manager, Onondaga CASA