BECOMING A CASA VOLUNTEER
The first step on your journey to becoming a CASA Volunteer is to complete an online application. Once your application is received by the CASA Office, you will be contacted to schedule an in-person meeting. We complete background checks, reference reviews and discuss additional information about your suitability for a volunteer opportunity with CASA.
The Athens CASA/GAL Program utilizes the National CASA Association training curriculum. Training cohorts typically meet one night per week over the course of 5 weeks, complete online instruction and activities between sessions, participate in a Learning Lab and observe court hearings. Training topics include child abuse and neglect, legal framework, child development, domestic violence, substance abuse and so much more.
Once training is completed, CASA Volunteers are sworn in by the Juvenile Court Judge. All CASA Volunteers complete a readiness assessment with a staff member before being carefully matched with their first case. CASA Volunteers are accompanied with staff or experienced CASA Volunteers on their first few case activities.