The Richland County Juvenile Court is looking for volunteers with a heart for children who will advocate for what is in the best interest of abused, neglected, and dependent children involved with the Court.
CASA volunteers advocate for the best interests of abused, neglected and dependent children once the court has become involved. We are the voice of the child in the court proceedings telling the court where a child should be placed and support and services they may need.
Volunteers speak with all individuals involved in the case (fact-finder), represent the child at court hearings and monitor the case.
Responsibilities of CASA volunteers include:
- Meeting with the child monthly and speaking with all individuals involved in a case
- Observing the child in each environment and with each caregiver
- Gathering and reviewing records
- Attending court hearings where you will represent to the court in written and/or oral reports what you believe to be in the best interest of the child, based on your investigation
- Monitoring services to assure forward progress is being made
While this volunteer work can be intensive, it is also meaningful and rewarding. Efforts of CASA volunteers are supported by Volunteer Coordinators who will guide and assist you throughout the process.
Requirements include the following:
- Driver’s License Needed
- Background Check
- Orientation or Training
- 10 hours monthly
- No felonies
The schedule for CASA volunteers is flexible.
To learn more, visit the Juvenile Court’s page on Volunteer March, which can be accessed here.