CASA Volunteers

CASA® Volunteers have two primary goals:

1) To ensure that a child’s needs are being met while in foster care (under the court’s jurisdiction)

2) To advocate for permanency on behalf of a child

CASA Volunteers visit their children, attend court and Family Support Team meetings, and visit with people who know the child. The information that the volunteer learns is then submitted to the presiding Judge on the child’s case, in the form of a court report, to help inform the court about a child’s wishes and well-being.

CASA Volunteers form special bonds with their children and create a relationship of consistency, trust, and communication. Whereas Caseworkers, Guardians ad Litem, and Juvenile Officers have many children and families with whom they work, CASA Volunteers work only with one child or sibling group. All it takes is a few hours a month to Change a Child’s Story.

Duties of a CASA Volunteer

• Visit the child(ren) at least twice a month
• Communicate regularly with the members of the team
• Participate in cas emeetings and review case files
• Gather and document information
• Provide oral and written recommendations on what is in the best interest of the child(ren) in court

Children with a CASA Volunteer

• Have a consistent relationship with a caring adult who serves as a resource and support
• Recieve services that benefit them
• Are less likely to bounce from home to home
• Feel seen, valued and heard
• Are more likely to reach a safe, permanent home

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Employment Opportunities

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Internship Opportunities

Internships are available, please contact our program for more information.
Douglass Community Services
711 Grand Avenue
Hannibal, MO 63401
573.221.3890 ext. 227
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