CASA Volunteer champions commit to 12 months of service. However the average volunteer has a 40 month tenure with CASA, often taking on subsequent cases once one has successfully closed. Additionally, we are committed to a thorough vetting process that yields engaged and passionate advocates. Requirements include:
- Being at least 21 years of age
- Reviewing and submitting our application form
- Successfully completing a background check, including a Pennsylvania State Police check, FBI fingerprint check, and Child Abuse clearance
- Interviewing with Team CASA
- Submitting three references
- Completing a minimum of 35 hours of initial training
- Signing a confidentiality agreement
- Taking an oath in court agreeing to abide by the laws and policies relating to CASA
- Fulfilling the process and responsibilities outlined in What I Can Expect
If you are under 21, have a felony conviction or history of perpetrating child abuse/assault/neglect or have a potentially conflicted past or present relationship with Children & Youth Services that would be likely to create a conflict or compromise the advocate's role, you are not eligible for CASA service.
CASA Youth Advocates is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in accepting, training and assigning applicants. CASA Youth Advocates believes that each team member’s experience with the agency should be free from discrimination because of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law, except as permitted by law. Even though the law does not require it, CASA Youth Advocates extends the above protections to also include freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.