[ location]CASA Information Meeting. Introductions. [Your Name] CASA Program Coordinator Share your name and how you heard about [Location] CASA. Today’s Meeting. What is a CASA volunteer? What does it takes to be a CASA volunteer? Is becoming a CASA volunteer right for you?
CASA Program Coordinator
Share your name and how you heard about
What is a CASA volunteer?
What does it takes to be a CASA volunteer?
Is becoming a CASA volunteer right for you?
How do you become a CASA volunteer?
1977, Judge David Soukup, Seattle, WA.
1987, Alaska CASA began
Tribal & State
A best friend or “Big Brother/Big Sister”
A parent advocate
An attorney (representing what the child wants)
A social worker/ICWA worker (representing the position of OCS or the Tribe)
Responsible for providing transportation to family contact appointments
Responsible for supervising family contact between parents and child
Required to take the child on outings
Perseverance and dedication
Good communication skills
Ability to adhere to strict confidentiality
Conflict of Interest
Twice a month contact with child
Communicate monthly with staff
Participate in court hearings and other case meetings
Complete monthly reporting requirements
Remain an active advocate until case closure
Report of harm filed
Petition submitted to Tribal Court – CINA case
Tribal Court Judges order a CASA volunteer be assigned
CASA program coordinator assigns a CASA volunteer
Report of suspected child abuse/neglect
State Court intervention – CINA case
GAL assigned to the case
CASA volunteer assigned when available
Why is it Important?
Work with a wide range of people; their backgrounds may not be similar to ours
Youth may be separated from their culture and communities
CASA volunteers can
Why is it Important?
Youth lose cultural identity
Indian Child Welfare Act
NEXT TRAINING: February 2015
CASA volunteers work to ensure that a child’s time frame is in the forefront to achieving one of the following:
CASA volunteer says goodbye
CASA volunteer matched with a new case…
Fostering Futures Alaska is an initiative launched by Alaska CASA in 2014, supported by a grant from the National CASA Association.
The goal is to train and equip CASA volunteers from around the state to work alongside older foster youth to improve outcomes as the youth transition into adulthood.
Fostering Futures volunteers serve as a mentor in addition to an advocate.
Complete the screening and training process required to be sworn in as a CASA volunteer.
Fill out the one page supplemental application form for Fostering Futures Alaska.
Successfully complete the Fostering Futures training course.
Get matched with a foster youth (age 14 – 21).
Visit the Fostering Futures page on our website: