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Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer

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The Lake County CASA Program


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Published 3 months ago

Recurring
Weekdays
A few hours per month

A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained and specialized advocate that represents the best interests of abused and neglected children. Simply put, a CASA serves as the voice of the child and the eyes and ears of the court. A CASA advocate specializes in establishing what is in the best interest of the child. The advocate will talk with the child, parents, social workers, teachers, medical providers, foster parents, and others who know the child. After gathering the information, the CASA makes recommendations to the court on things including, but not limited to, the child’s placement, medical care, schooling, counseling, and visitation. These recommendations assist the Court in making its rulings. In Lake County, CASA advocates represent children who have court involvement with the Department of Child Services through a Child in Need of Services (CHINS) case. 

Potential CASA Volunteers complete a screening process that entails a detailed application, a series of background checks, and an interview. Potential volunteers then participate in a 30-hour initial training that teaches volunteers the basics of child welfare law, child advocacy, and prepares them for their casework as a CASA advocate.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age with a high school diploma or GED and are not allowed to be employed by the department of child services or agencies that provide services to the department.


A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained and specialized advocate that represents the best interests of abused and neglected children. Simply put, a CASA serves as the voice of the child and the eyes and ears of the court. A CASA…

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Location

Lake County Juvenile Justice Center

3000 West 93rd Avenue, Crown Point, IN 46307

How to Apply

To apply please contact Hailey Holden via email or phone 219-660-6846

To apply please contact Hailey Holden via email or phone 219-660-6846

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