Sarpy County currently has 59 CASA volunteers, but we need more to make sure that every child has an advocate.
Who can become a CASA Volunteer?
Casa volunteers are ordinary people who care about children. CASA volunteers come from all backgrounds. Many work full time. Some are students, some are retired . CASA volunteers work on one case at a time, with one family. No legal expertise is required. All CASA volunteers must be over 21, pass criminal background checks and be able to read and complete 30 hours of training.
What is the time commitment?
After the initial CASA volunteer training is completed, the CASA volunteer is sworn in as an officer of the court. Each volunteer is assigned to work with one case. That might be one child or a family of several children. Most volunteers donate 8-10 hours of their time each month to their CASA case.
What screening is there?
Before accepting you as a CASA Volunteer the Sarpy County CASA Program staff will read your application form, review your background checks and references, and meet you for a screening interview.
What training will I need to complete?
You will be notified of the next 30 hour training session as soon as it is scheduled. Training is made up of 10 3-hour training classes, based on a curriculum developed by the National CASA Association. CASA volunteers are also expected to spend at least 3 hours observing court.
How do I apply?
If you are interested in becoming a CASA Volunteer in Sarpy County please complete the Application form, Abuse Registry, Background Check and mail to:
Sarpy County CASA Program
Sarpy County Juvenile Court
1210 Golden Gate Drive
Papillion NE 68046 – 2845
or give us a call on 402 593-2259 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can give you more information, or arrange a time when you can visit us at the Sarpy County Juvenile Court.
If you are not a Sarpy County resident and would like to become a CASA volunteer, you are welcome to volunteer here in Sarpy County, or you can visit the www.casaforchildren.org to identify your nearest local program.
How long will I need to commit to being a CASA volunteer?
We ask that CASA volunteers make a 12 month commitment, but we hope that they will be able to stay long enough to see their CASA children happily placed in a safe and permanent home. Many abuse and neglect cases take as long as two, or even three years to resolve.