How to Become a CASA Volunteer

CASA volunteers come from all walks of life, with a variety of professional, educational, and ethnic backgrounds.  While there are no special educational requirements, volunteers must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Complete an application and submit references
  • Go through a screening process that includes an interview and a criminal background check 
  • Complete a minimum of 30 hours of pre-service training
  • Secure 3 hours of continuing education each year 

Responsibilities of a CASA Volunteer

A CASA volunteer has four primary responsibilities:

  • Research a child’s circumstances, interview those who know the child’s history, review appropriate records, determine relevant facts in a child’s case, and provide written reports containing those facts and resulting recommendations to the Court
  • Facilitate fulfilling the child’s needs by identifying resources and services for the child, and by supporting a collaborative working relationship
  • Advocate for a child by speaking up for the child in Court as to what actions the CASA volunteer believes will serve the child’s best interests
  • Monitor the case and keep track of whether the child’s court-ordered service plan is being fulfilled in accordance with the orders of the Court

Contacting Richland County CASA

Becoming a CASA volunteer is an investment of time, energy, and heart.  To become a volunteer or to learn more about this meaningful volunteer opportunity, please call Brooke Henwood, Director of CASA/GAL, at (419) 774-5802, or email bhenwood@rcjcoh.us.


Richland County Juvenile Justice Center
411 South Diamond Street
Mansfield, OH 44902
Phone: (419) 774-5578
Fax: (419) 774-5555

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