A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a
specially trained community volunteer who is appointed by a Family
Court Judge to provide consistent and caring support on behalf of an
innocent child going through the family court system due to abuse
and/or neglect by parent(s) or guardian(s). If you would like to be a
CASA volunteer and feel that you have what it takes to change the life
of an abused and neglected child, then please either:
2013 Spring Training will begin on Thursday, March 14th. Training sessions are from 5-8pm at
Westmoreland Community Action.
CASA of Westmoreland, Inc.
Westmoreland County Courthouse
2 North Main Street
Greensburg, PA 15601
After CASA of Westmoreland, Inc. has received your
completed application form you will receive a phone call or email
requesting an initial interview. At this interview you will be asked to
provide information for the background checks. If you have problems
downloading the Volunteer Application Form, contact the CASA office.
The Role of a CASA volunteer
To establish a relationship of trust with the child and to speak
for the child in the courtroom, representing the child’s best interests.
To serve as a fact-finder on the child’s case
To continue to advocate for the child and serve as the “eyes and
ears” of the court for as long as the case remains active with the
After you have completed all necessary training,
you will be assigned an abuse/neglect case (referred by a Family Court
judge) which has been screened by the CASA office. The job of a CASA
volunteer is to review the case to become familiar with the background,
gather new information about the child(ren) and family, and then
develop written reports for the court.
The CASA volunteer
Completes an intensive, independent review of each case
Reports findings to the court (through written reports, attending court hearings, participating in case conferences, etc.)
Ensures representation of the child’s best interest
Willing to commit for the life of a CASA case (can be longer than a year)
Able to interview a variety of sources and remain objective in your recommendations
Effectively communicate both orally and written
Willing to go through an in-depth training class
Pass criminal and child abuse background checks
Age 21 and older
I would like to be a CASA, but I don't have enough time...
Not everyone has the time or flexibility needed to
make a long-term commitment to a child by becoming a CASA. If you would
like to help CASA, but don't feel you have a schedule flexible enough
to volunteer as a child advocate; there are other ways to get involved.
If you are interested in assisting CASA in other ways, please
contact the CASA office.