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In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks. That’s where CASA volunteers like you can help make a difference.

Appointed by family court judges, CASA volunteers typically handle one case at a time until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. Other people come and go in the child’s life, but their CASA volunteer provides a constant presence the child needs to thrive and move on with their life.

Volunteers start by getting to know everyone in that child's life: parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and others. They use the information they gather to inform judges and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them.

You do not have to be a lawyer or social worker to be a volunteer. We welcome people from all walks of life. We are simply looking for people who care about children and have common sense. As a volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and well supported by professional staff to help you through each case.

You must pass a background check, participate in a 30-hour pre-service training course and agree to stay with a case until it is closed (a year and a half on average). Read more about the requirements and role of being a CASA volunteer.

Interested in helping children but not ready to commit to becoming a volunteer advocate? Learn about other volunteer opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities Available

Volunteer Your Time to Change a Child’s Life

Nobody longs for a safe and loving family more than a child in foster care. As a CASA volunteer, you are empowered by the courts to help make this dream a reality. You will be the one consistent adult in these children’s lives, vigilantly fighting for and protecting their fundamental right to be treated with the dignity and respect every child deserves. You will not only bring positive change to the lives of these vulnerable children, but also their children and generations to come. And in doing so, you will enrich your life as well.

What do CASA’s do?

CASA volunteers listen first. Then they act.

Volunteers get to know the child by talking with everyone in that child’s life; parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and others. They use the information they gather to inform judges and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them.

Who can be a CASA?

You do not have to be a lawyer or social worker to be a volunteer. We welcome people from all walks of life. We are simply looking for people who care about children. As a volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and well supported by professional staff to help you through each case.

To be a CASA volunteer, you must participate in a 30-hour pre-service training course, agree to stay with a case until it is closed (a year and a half on average) and pass a background check.

Becoming a CASA

If you are interested in advocating for the rights and interests of children whose lives have been turned around, if you are interested in changing the future for children of abuse and neglect and the children in your life, then please email us at Advocates@MadisonCounty.org. We are currently developing our Board of Directors and not taking on CASA’s at this point but we will keep you informed on our progress.

Become a Board Member

Email us at Advocates@MadisonCounty.Org today for more information. We need compassionate, talented folks to lend a hand right now!

Volunteer your time to change a child’s life.