Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are trained volunteers whose role is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem County Juvenile Court system.
The CASA Advocate must be an adult and have the following qualifications:
- Age 21 or older
- Possess emotional maturity, stability, and common sense
- Be objective and flexible
- Exhibit self-assurance and assertiveness
- Have the ability to deal with hostility and rejection
- Be able to keep information confidential
- Be able to work within established guidelines
- Have the ability to interview, observe, listen, and analyze written material
- Be able to write clearly and concisely
- Have the ability to make decisions and set goals
- Be willing to commit to the program for a minimum of 12 months
Upon successful completion of pre-service training, background, and reference checks, the CASA Advocate will be formally accepted as an advocate at the official swearing-in ceremony. The CASA Advocate reports directly to either the Volunteer Coordinator or Peer Coordinator.