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VOLUNTEER: Requirements & Responsibilities

Position Summary:
The CASA Volunteer shall provide a powerful voice that advocates for a safe, permanent and loving environment for children who are in the Livingston County Court System because of abuse and neglect.

Supervised by: LACASA-CASA Supervisor


  1. Must be 21 years of age
  2. Possess high school diploma or GED
  3.  Pass a background check
  4. Commitment to children
  5. Time – 15 to 20 hours a month
  6. Highly responsible, objective and persistent
  7. Good written and verbal communication skills
  8. Computer knowledge (Microsoft Word)


1. Be an independent advocate for the child’s best interest

2. Commit to a minimum of one case completion

3. Complete thirty (30) hours of initial in-service training

4. Complete an additional twelve (12) hours of in-service training per year

5. Attend all court hearings and communicate outcomes to the CASA Supervisor

6. Complete all required court reports and complete accurate, timely document files

7. Maintain objectivity, act in a responsible professional manner in accordance to program and court policies; avoid conflict of interest

8. Respect the privacy of the child and the family and hold confidential all information obtained in the course of service as a CASA, as required by law and program standards

9. Report any information disclosed that may result in harm to the child to DHS and CASA Supervisor immediately

10. Have face-to-face contact with the child(ren) every 7-10 days and some contact weekly

11. Not practice, condone, facilitate, or participate in any form of discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, political belief, handicap, or any other preference or personal characteristic or status

12. Reliable transportation may be provided to the child(ren) involved on assigned case

13. Participate in a required program evaluation of your performance

14. Request that the program terminate service to the child when it is no longer required or no longer serves the child’s needs or interests

15. Decline appointment, withdraw, or request assistance when no longer able to devote time to the case or if there is a conflict of interest

16. Return case file and any other documentation regarding the case, which contains

confidential information, at the end of commitment to the case


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