How can you become a CASA?

Step 1Do what the people to the left did and call our office at 540-710-6199. Or, email us at 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 is scheduled to start Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.

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 paperwork. We 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 32 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 three weeks, with classes in the office plus court observation time. A typical schedule includes classes on Monday and Wednesday during the first week (from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.); classes on Monday (1-8:30 p.m.) and Wednesday (5-9 p.m.) the second week; and a final class during the third week on Thursday OR Friday from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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.