CASA Volunteer Description

  • Gather facts, including review of all records related to an assigned case

  • Interview the parties, establish and maintain contact with the child, family, social workers, attorneys and other individuals involved in planning for the child when appropriate

  • Submit written reports to the Court summarizing relevant information and making specific recommendations in the child’s best interest

  • Appear at scheduled Court hearings whenever possible

  • Monitor Court Orders to ensure compliance by all parties

  • Willing to commit to the case for 12-18 months, at a minimum

  • Time necessary to complete duties on an individual case may vary, usually 10-12 hours in the first month following appointment to a case and then 8-10 hours per month thereafter

  • Although most scheduling is flexible and arranged by the VCASA at his or her convenience, the VCASA must be available to confer with the RI Department for Children, Youth and Families (RIDCYF) and other professionals involved in the case during workday hours.  The VCASA should attend daytime RI Family Court hearings approximately every six months, unless to do so would place an undue burden on the CASA volunteer.

  • Each prospective CASA volunteer is required to attend 30 hours of training that includes three (3) hours of court observation.

  •  In addition several in-service training workshops are held throughout the year.

Volunteer Positions with RI CASA

  • Volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (VCASA)

  • Desire to help abused and neglected children maintain stability and permanency

  • Must be 21 years of age and a United States citizen

  • Have a valid driver’s license

  • Be willing to travel throughout the state on CASA related business

  • Ability to maintain objectivity when gathering information

  • Effective communication and writing skills essential for the preparation of Court reports

  • Ability to work independently

  • Responsible to Staff Attorney and Staff Social Caseworker