OUR VOLUNTEERS AND HOW TO BECOME ONE
The executive director and volunteer coordinator supervise and support the work of Court Advocates’ volunteer court appointed special advocates (CASAs). At present, twenty-one persons are advocating for abused and neglected children in Kittitas County and five more are in training to become CASAs. Most of the CASAs are employed either full time or part time outside their homes, although some are full time students and others are retired. The CASAs have experience in a variety of occupational fields including education, child care, social services, homemaking, business, cosmetology, law and medicine.
Before becoming a CASA, individuals must participate in our application process. They must satisfactorily complete an initial thirty hour training course and successfully pass a background screening which includes an FBI fingerprint criminal history and child abuse background check. CASAs must be at least twenty-one years old.
CASAs must be able to express themselves effectively verbally and in writing, meet deadlines, be objective, open-minded and thorough. They must maintain strict confidentially about their work. Active CASAs are required to complete twelve hours of continuing education each year.
Court Advocates for Children trains new volunteers at least once a year, usually in early spring or early fall. For more information about the application process and a more detailed description of a CASA’s duties, contact Court Advocates for Children at (509) 925-4871 or [email protected].
If you are interested in becoming a CASA, please read the Letter to Applicants and complete the three application items listed below and mail them to: Kittitas County CASA, 421 N. Pearl St. #208, Ellensburg, WA 98926. We are unable to accept electronic submissions of applications.