How can you become a CASA?

Step 1: Do what the awesome people to the left did and call our office at 540-710-6199. Or, email us at rappcasa@gmail.com and give us a number where we can call you. On the phone, we'll ask a few questions about your background and interest in CASA, and we'll talk about the skills and commitment it takes to be a volunteer. (Note: You must be at least 21, and good communication skills are vital!) After we've talked, we'll email you an application so you can get the ball rolling in time for our next training session. Our next training session will take place in late January/early February 2018.

Step 2: Send us your completed application. We'll review it, and assuming you seem like a good fit for CASA, we'll get in touch to set up an in-person interview and time to complete background check paperwork. 

Step 3: Get interviewed and complete background check paperworkWe usually conduct interviews 1-2 months prior to the start of a new volunteer training session. The interview helps us get to know each other better and make sure CASA feels like a good match for you. The Executive Director and/or a Case Manager will ask you lots of questions, and you can ask us questions, too. We'll also have you complete several background check forms so we can be sure your background doesn't disqualify you from volunteering. If all goes well, you can move on to the next step.

Step 4: Get trained! Our training involves 30-36 hours of pre-service instruction on topics ranging from childhood development to the effects of substance abuse on families to courtroom procedures and more. Training typically spans 2-3 weeks, with classes in the office plus court observation time. A typical schedule includes 3-4 classes on weekdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., plus two evening classes.

Step 5: Get sworn in and start serving! Candidates who successfully complete training are sworn in by a local judge and ready to start working on a case.