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Every child deserves a voice… will you be that voice?
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate, and the program is designed to recruit, train, and support volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children right here in Spencer County.
Our mission is to help children find their way to a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. CASA volunteers help determine the needs of these children and speak for them in court.
Advocates are assigned to their first case after thirty hours of training over the course of six weeks. Training includes in-person classroom style sessions, reading materials before each class, courtroom observation, and a child visit ride along with an experienced volunteer. Once assigned a case, volunteers have the support of the entire CASA network including the Director, Supervisors and other volunteers.
After receiving a case, the amount of time required varies but is typically about 10 hours per month. Advocates are encouraged to attend their hearings (approximately once every three months and normally on Monday or Wednesday) and attend Team Meetings as scheduled (approximately once every two months).
Advocates are at least 21 years of age and able to pass background checks.