Douglas County, Kansas


Thank you for your interest in volunteering as an advocate. We hope you will join us in ensuring that more children are safe and have the opportunity to thrive.

What is a Court Appointed Special Advocate?

A Court Appointed Special Advocate (or "CASA") is a volunteer advocate for a child who has experienced abuse and neglect. In a life full of uncertainty and endless change, you can be one consistent and caring adult. Becoming a CASA Volunteer is likely to be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

Find step-by-step details about becoming an advocate here.

How to become a CASA Volunteer

Due to the nature of this work, CASA Volunteers are required to meet certain qualifications, as well as complete extensive training. Please review the responsibilities and qualifications below. You can submit your application online or complete the downloadable application form. Becoming a CASA Volunteer can take anywhere from six weeks to four months, depending on training schedules and the speed we receive background check results.

CASA Volunteers advocate for a single child or set of siblings at a time, allowing them to focus on their assignment fully. While this work can be challenging at times, we encourage you to explore it with an open mind. You are likely more qualified than you think, and local children need your support. Volunteers will always have the full support of the Douglas County CASA staff.
  • Review the file, including social history and legal documents for the assigned case.
  • Maintain regular contact with the assigned child, meeting in-person with the child at least monthly.
  • Maintain regular contact with parents, foster parents, caseworkers and all other professionals and individuals involved in the child’s case.
  • Advocate for permanency for the child as soon as possible, given the child’s circumstances.
  • Attend meetings and all court hearings for the assigned case.
  • Maintain complete records regarding the assigned case, including case notes with information regarding appointments, interviews, and information gathered.
  • Submit monthly reports and court reports on time.
  • Monitor compliance with court orders. Assess whether appropriate services are being provided to the child and family.
  • Maintain confidentiality and respect the privacy of the child and the family.
  • Communicate effectively and sensitively with diverse populations.
  • Maintain objectivity.
  • Comply with all CASA program rules and policies regarding volunteer duties.
  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Complete a volunteer application and provide four references.
  • Consent to and pass background screening, including criminal history, child abuse registry check, sex offender registry check, driving history, and SSN verification. Fingerprinting is a part of this process.
  • Provide a copy of driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance and have access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Participate in a personal interview before training.
  • Successfully complete 30 hours of initial training, including Court Hearing and Citizen Review Board observations.
  • Sign confidentiality, transportation, and conflict of interest agreements.
  • Have access to a computer and skills to manage documents and use email and the internet.
  • Complete 12 hours of continuing education annually. 

Change a life with CASA

At any given time, there are 165 children from Douglas County in the child welfare system due to abuse and neglect. Help us help those children who are still waiting for a CASA volunteer.

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