To find out what it means to volunteer as a Guardian Ad Litem – Court Appointed Special Advocate (GAL/CASA) volunteer, please click this link. Role of the GAL/CASA. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a CASA volunteer, please read below.
How to Become a Volunteer
Thank you for thinking about volunteering. Anyone thinking about volunteering should have the following skills:
- The CASA Volunteer should have the following skills:
- Minimum of high school diploma or GED.
- Be at least 21 years of age.
- Pass screening requirements which include:
- Written application
- Personal interview
- Limited criminal history check
- Driving record check
- Limited welfare check
- Sex offenders registry check
- Complete a minimum of 30 hours, National GAL/CASA curriculum training.
- Have the ability to communicate with others effectively.
- Have the ability to work cooperatively with different types of personalities
- Have a commitment to GAL/CASA’s mission, goals, and Code of Ethics.
To get more information about becoming a volunteer please call the GAL/ CASA office at (765) 483- 5252 or email Dave Schoening at [email protected]
What it Means to Volunteer
Court appointed special advocate means a community volunteer who:
- Has completed a training program approved by the court
- Has been appointed by a court to represent and protect the best interests of a child
- May research, examine, advocate, facilitate, and monitor a child’s situation.
- Abide by the National, Indiana and Boone County GAL/CASA Code of Ethics.
- Review all pertinent records to the case.
- Attend all court hearings pertaining to the case.
- Prepare written reports to the court with recommendations on what placement and services are for the child’s best interests, maintaining integrity and objectivity.
- Conduct an independent, objective investigation interviewing appropriate parties, agencies, school sources and service providers, and the child or children to make recommendations in the best interest of the child / children.
- Assist in facilitating appropriate services for the duration of the litigation.
- Monitor the child / children on a regular basis (a biweekly visit is suggested as a minimum) to insure appropriate services, including reasonable efforts, are being provided to the child / children and family, and that court orders are being followed and that an appropriate Permanency Plan is in place.
- Attend team meetings/case conferences with DCS, schools, and service agencies to ensure the best interests of the child / children are met.
- Maintain written records of the case including appointments, interviews, and information gathered about the child / children and the child / children’s life circumstances.
- A volunteer may monitor a visitation for the purpose of Court reporting.
- A volunteer must commit to serving the Boone County Guardian ad Litem/CASA program for a period of at least one year.
- A volunteer must sign an Oath of Confidentiality and be sworn in by the Boone County Circuit Court Judge.
- A volunteer must notify the CASA Program immediately of any criminal charges.
- A volunteer must follow child abuse reporting procedure as outlined in this manual.