Interested in becoming a volunteer for Jasper County CASA?

You can Change a Child’s Story.

By volunteering with Jasper County CASA, you will be assigned to review a child’s abuse or neglect case and spend time conducting interviews with many individuals from that child’s life. You will be tasked with determining the best path for the child by providing fact-based recommendations to the judge involved with the case.

The most important aspect of volunteering with CASA is remaining a solid part of the child’s life throughout their case.  The goal is always to find the best permanent home for the child, but the time spent during the case is a maze of complexities, making your steady involvement vital.

Hear why 7 current CASAs are so passionate about our mission and decided to take the step to change a child’s story. https://youtu.be/iFmxJkOsU2Y

Can I volunteer?

If you meet the following requirements, you could be eligible to volunteer!

  • be at least 21 years old
  • have high school diploma or equivalent education
  • be willing and able to participate in interviews, provide a list of references, and pass background checks
  • must complete 30-hour National CASA training curriculum
  • be willing and able to stay within the volunteer program until your assigned case is closed
  • have ability to communicate clearly
  • appear in child’s case meetings and court (with notice)
  • write court reports to the court

For more information, please contact our office at 417-680-3250 or sign up to attend one of our information sessions at https://jascocasa.org/events/.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Jasper County CASA?

A nonprofit, private, organization dedicated to recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers who advocate for children in Jasper County who have experienced abuse or neglect.

What does volunteering entail?

A Court Appointed Special Advocate is a regular citizen who is specially trained and appointed by the Juvenile Court Judge to represent a child who has experienced neglect and/or abuse.

How long does a volunteer work on a case?

Each volunteer makes a commitment to remain on a case until the case is closed through reunification with a family member or kinship connection, adoption/guardianship, or “aging out” of the system.

What training is involved for a volunteer?

Volunteers will complete a 30-hour training curriculum provided by the National CASA Association.

How do I volunteer?

Visit here to review our volunteer requirements and sign up to become a volunteer.

How many cases will I have at one time?

Our volunteers typically follow one case (one child or sibling group), but it is possible to have two cases.

Does being a Court Appointed Special Advocate make an impact?

Yes! Children with a Court Appointed Special Advocate by their side spend an average of one year less in the foster care system than those without.

I can't volunteer. Are there other ways for me to help?

Of course! You can help raise awareness within your friend/family circles.

You can also support Jasper County CASA through a donation to ensure that we can maintain our growing volunteer community and can continue to serve the children in our community.

Interested in learning more about Jasper County CASA?

Please visit our Contact Information page HERE, or fill out and submit the form below to have someone reach out to you soon. Thanks!