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Advocate Volunteer Job Description

"I am for the child who lives in motels, cars and shelters.  I am for him.  The child who was finally put in foster care.  A group home.  Where everything he owns is kept in a plastic garbage bag.  I am for that child.  So I am there for that child.  To listen to him.  To speak for him.  To champion without compromise for what's in his best interest.  Because if I am, he will be half as likely to languish in foster care, and that much more likely to find a safe, permanent home.  That is the child I am for.  I am a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer...I am you."

Lift up a child's voice.  A child's life.  Get involved 815-288-1901.

The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained volunteer whose role is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system, serving as the child's appointed Guardian ad Litem (GAL).

The CASA advocate:
demonstrates emotional maturity
is objective and flexible
exhibits self assurance and assertiveness
has the ability to make decisions and set goals
is willing to commit to the program for a minimum of 24 months
demonstrates the ability to write and speak clearly and concisely.

Age 21 or older
Attendance at a general information meeting (GIM)
Completion of CASA application (including all reference checks), CANTS, fingerprinting, and background checks
Participation in the pre-training interview
Successful completion of the CASA 40-hour new advocate training

Duties and responsibilities:
Accept the assignment of the case as agreed upon between the volunteer and the advocate supervisor
Read and review all relevant records pertaining to the case
Meet with the assigned advocate supervisor and mentor to plan case strategy
Interview all principals in the case
Maintain complete written records of the case
Continue contact with the child(ren) at least once monthly
Maintain all case information in strict confidence
Monitor and facilitate case progress through the court system
Prepare written reports for the court in timely manner
Maintain contact with the advocate supervisor
Maintain contact with the appointed attorney
Attend all court hearings and assure that the best interests of the child are being represented at every stage of the process
Keep CASA advocate supervisor and mentor informed of case activity and progress on a monthly basis
Pursue professional development in the areas of child welfare, family issues, and related topics
Participate in 12 hours of continuing education (in-service) per year
Accept, adhere to and support philosophies and policies of CASA 15th Judicial Circuit Lee/Carroll/Ogle Counties 

"You can start out changing a child's life and discover you have changed your own." --CASA Volunteer