CASA Volunteer Job Description

ADVOCATE JOB DESCRIPTION

 

Clark County Court Appointed Special Advocates

 

CASA’s advocate for what is in the best interest of children who have come to the attention of DHS and the Juvenile Court’s as a result of abuse, abandonment or neglect.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Advocates must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age and must successfully complete screening requirements including a written application, personal interview, reference checks, criminal background, child abuse registry checks and sexual offender database checks.

 Advocates must also complete a minimum of forty (35) hours of training in addition to observing of at least two dependency-neglect hearings.

 

REQUIRED SKILLS:

             Ability to follow confidentiality policies and guidelines.

 

  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.

 

  • Ability to respect and relate to people from diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings.

 

  • Ability to transport oneself to a variety of locations.

 

  • Ability to maintain objectivity and composure when confronted with conflict.

 

  • Ability to gather and record factual information in a timely manner.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  • CASA’s respect a child’s inherent right to grow up with dignity in an environment that provides for the child’s safety and best interest.

 

  • CASA’s ensure the child’s best interests are represented at every stage of the case and ensure all reasonable efforts are made to provide court ordered services to each child by closely monitoring all aspects of the case.

 

  • CASA’s report any new incidents of child abuse or neglect to the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-482-5964 and to the Advocate Coordinator or Director.

 

  • CASA’s review records and interview appropriate parties involved in the case, including the child, to determine if a permanent plan that will meet the best interests of the child has been developed.

 

  • CASA’s respect the child and that child’s family by maintaining complete confidentiality regarding information about the child and others involved in the case

 

  • CASA’s attend all court hearings, staffings and any other hearings or meetings which pertain to the child, and advocate for prompt, thorough reviews of the case.

 

  • CASA’s maintain complete records and documentation about the case, including appointments, interviews and information gathered about the child.

 

  • CASA’s submit recommendations concerning the case to the court in a written, signed report.

 

  • CASA’s make contact with the Advocate Coordinator on a regular basis and submits monthly activity sheets.

 

  • CASA’s exhibit professional conduct and appearance.

 

  • CASA’s will not put themselves or the organization in a situation which might be construed as a conflict of interest.

 

  • CASA’s will not provide direct services to any party, or cause a child or family to become dependent on CASA for services which should be provided by other agencies or organizations.

 

TRAINING:

 

  • CASA’s complete a minimum of forty (35) hours of pre-service training in accordance with national and state CASA standards, in addition to observation of at least two dependency-neglect hearings;

 

  • CASA’s must complete twelve (12) hours of in-service training annually.

 

TIME COMMITMENT:

 

  • CASA’s make a commitment to the child to be a continuous presence in the case for the duration of the court-ordered CASA involvement or a minimum of one year or until permanent placement is secured for the child;

 

  • CASA’s  make contact with the child twice monthly at minimum, but preferably weekly.

 

  • CASA’s spend a minimum of ten to fifteen hours per month on their case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL CASA ASSOCIATION

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