Getting Started

Become a CASA in 5 Easy Steps

Now accepting applications!

You do not need any special skills to be a CASA volunteer. You just need desire to help a child, a valid driver's license, be at least 21, clear a background check, basic computer skills and the ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Step 1: Attend a monthly Information Session. Check out our calendar for the next scheduled Information Session. You can also call (973) 832-4002 or email Margaret Curreri at MCurreri@passaiccountycasa.org

Step 2: Apply, via an online application, to be accepted into training. Online applications may be completed before or after attending an information session.

Step 3: Complete all of your pre-training paperwork, including an interview and background check.

Step 4: Sign-up for the next training session.

About five times per year, Passaic County CASA for Children offers a 36-hour training to that shows citizen volunteers how to advocate for the best interest of children living in foster care. Training times vary from day to evening and various days of the week. The training curriculum, developed by the National CASA Association and facilitated by our staff and customized for our local geographical region will guide you through the role of the volunteer, the child welfare system, needs and development of children, trauma, mental health, poverty, professional communication, cultural competence, educational needs and permanency. All of these resources and tools will help prepare you to advocate for a child, or children, living in foster care.

Step 5: After a full training session of 36 hours is completed, and all of your paperwork is completed and cleared, you are sworn in as an official court appointed special advocate and will be appointed your first case.

 

Yes! I want to be a CASA Volunteer!

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