Qualifications for our CASA Volunteers
- Have a desire to work with children and collaboratively with others
- Commit to at least one year of service to CASA
- Have 10-15 hours a month to devote to CASA duties
- Must be 21 years of age
- Must have received high school diploma or GED
- Can not be a party to any case in any J&DR court of the 24th Judicial District (Lynchburg, Campbell, Bedford, Amherst or Nelson courts)
- Have an ability to maintain confidentiality and objectivity
- Be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
- Must respect and relate to people from various backgrounds (economic, cultural, educational) in a variety of settings
- Ability to transport self to a variety of locations
- Submit CASA application and biography with 3 personal references
- Participate in phone and in-person Interviews
- Satisfactorily pass background checks including FBI fingerprinting, state and local criminal, National Sex Offender Registry, CPS/Child Abuse Registry, DMV, and Social Security number verification
Call 434-485-7260 today for more information about CASA, our work and training schedule.
Volunteer Spotlight: Leslie J. (Sandy) Morrissett
Advocate Manager: Angela Mayfield
Court served: Bedford J&DR Court
Occupation: Retired-Real Estate Development
Length of time as a CASA volunteer:
1996-2002 - Palm Beach County, FL
2002 - Present - Bedford County, VA
Most Memorable CASA Moment: That "certain smile" whenever our children and their families recognize someone (CASA) really cares.
One example of how your advocacy made a difference on a case: In a recent case of an abused, biological mother, an incarcerated biological father, a stepfather with a significant criminal record and four children (three of whom had a history of 3-4 years in multiple foster and group home care placements and numerous psychotropic medication regimens), we were able to gain sufficient trust to work closely with a variety of mental health, educational and social service personnel (a total of over 24 practitioners with overlapping agendas), improve the coordination and delivery of needed services and make significant progress empowering the family to stand on its own going forward.
What means the most to you about being a CASA volunteer? The opportunity to advocate for those less able is an awesome responsibility and a high honor.