CASA by the Lakes
Volunteer Advocate
Company: CASA by the Lakes
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Location: 407 Poplar St, Murray, KY, 42071
Project Details

CASA volunteers are ordinary people who are caring, honest, and committed to doing what is best for a child. No special experience or knowledge is required. All volunteers are trained to understand courtroom procedure, social services, the basics of the juvenile justice system, and the special needs of children who have been abused and neglected. CASA welcomes volunteers from all cultures, professions, ethnic, and educational backgrounds.

A CASA Volunteer is a trained community volunteer appointed by a Family Court Judge to speak for the best interests of an abused and/or neglected child. A CASA works as an official part of the judicial proceedings, working alongside attorneys and social workers, making recommendations in the regards to services, placement, visitation, reunification, and permanency.

By handling only one to two cases at a time, the CASA has the time to thoroughly explore the history and circumstances of each assigned case. Volunteers get to know the child by talking with everyone in that child’s life: parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and others. They use the information they gather to inform the judge and others of the child’s needs and what the best permanent home would be.

The National CASA Association requires volunteers to:
Be at least 21 years old
Successfully complete a screening interview and background checks
Complete an initial training program and yearly ongoing training requirements
Take an oath of confidentiality
Be available for court appearances (with advanced notice)
Commit to the CASA program, dedicating approximately 10 - 15 hours a month, until your first case is closed (a year and a half, on average)

General requirements


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Approximately 10-15 hours a month
  • Category
    Advocacy & Human Rights
    Children & Youth
    Justice & Legal
    Skills Area
    Child Development
    Child Welfare
    Child Advocacy
    People Skills
    Critical Thinking