CASA volunteers are community members – teachers, business people, retirees, stay-at-home moms, and grandparents – committed to make a difference for abused and neglected children who might otherwise slip through the cracks in an overburdened child protection system. They are appointed by judges to guide a child through the system to achieve permanency as quickly as possible. A CASA volunteer researches case records and speaks to each person involved in a child’s life, including family members, teachers, doctors, lawyers, and social workers. They monitor the progress of the child and family throughout the case and advocate for the child’s current and future needs in court, in school, and in agency meetings. Their independent evaluations allow the court to make better informed decisions.
Because CASAs serve on one case at a time, they truly get to know the child and can give each case the sustained, personal attention it deserves.
We invite you to join our team of volunteers and make a difference in a child’s life – and your own.
A CASA Volunteer must:
- Be 21 years of age or older.
- Successfully pass screening and background check requirements.
- Successfully complete initial training provided by the CASA of Galveston County program.
(30 hours of initial training plus 3 hours of courtroom observation & 12 hours of annual continuing education)
- Be able to make a 12-month minimum commitment to a case.
(An average of 10-15 hours per month)
- Be able to keep information confidential and work within established program guidelines.