Ordinary people doing extraordinary things…
To help us find qualified volunteers, and to help you decide if you wish to become an advocate, we follow a specific selection and screening process. Read on to see if becoming a CASA is for you.
Screening and Selection Process
Bitterroot CASA Volunteer Advocates must meet the following qualifications:
- Must be at lease 21 years of age
- Pass screening requirements
- Make two year commitment
Advocates must demonstrate ability to:
- Keep all client and court information confidential
- Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
- Respect and relate to people from various backgrounds and lifestyles (economic, cultural, educational, etc.) in a variety of settings
- Transport oneself to a variety of locations
- Deal with hostility, anger, and other emotional attitudes
- Maintain objectivity
- Gather and accurately record factual information
- Demonstrate sound judgment and character
- Have a basic understanding of child development and family relationships
- Work independently as required, as well as the ability to accept supervision and direction as needed
- Advocate training includes a comprehensive 30-hour initial training.
Advocates are required to participate in 10 hours of in-service or relevant ongoing education each year.
Each potential CASA volunteer must complete a written application. Once the application is accepted, an interview will be scheduled.
- Interview I ~
The applicant will be interviewed by program staff to determine the applicant’s willingness, ability, and appropriateness to perform the roles and duties of a CASA. Qualified applicants will be invited to attend the next training program.
- Applicants who are accepted into training must submit the following:
- An FBI/DOJ background check
- Three positive references
- A statement of auto liability coverage*
*must be updated annually
Each applicant must provide three references regarding the character, competence and reliability of the applicant, and suitability for assuming the role of a CASA volunteer.