Bitterroot CASA trains and supports volunteers who strive to ensure the emotional, physical and educational well-being of children who have experienced abuse and neglect. We advocate to establish safe, permanent, nurturing homes, giving children the opportunity to thrive.
Change A Child's Story
Are you interested in becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteer?
To be eligible to become an advocate you must be 21 years of age, complete screening requirements including a written application, personal interview, reference and criminal background checks, and 30 hours of pre-service training.
Make a lifelong difference for a child
No special background or education is required to become a CASA Volunteer. People from all backgrounds and professions join our volunteer program. All CASA Volunteers receive the ongoing support of staff and peer advocates who ensure that they have all the tools and information needed to successfully advocate for the child.
CASA volunteers have two primary goals:
Ensure that a child’s needs are being met while in foster care and to advocate for permanency on behalf of a child.
Provide information to the presiding Judge on the case about a child’s wishes and well-being.
CASA volunteers form special bonds with their children and create a relationship of consistency, trust, and communication.
Contact us to learn more about our work as advocates and the many ways you can get involved with our program.
CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE STATEWIDE AND TOLL-FREE
Allison Dunne Program Director
217 North 3rd St. Ste. H-1 Hamilton, MT 59840
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a CASA?
Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers serve as the “eyes and ears” of the judge, gathering relevant information about the child and the family. They make recommendations to the judge regarding what is in the child’s best interests. A CASA volunteer works to ensure that the child is placed in a safe, permanent, nurturing home as quickly as possible.
Who is a CASA?
CASA volunteers are compassionate, objective, self-motivated individuals from the community who are trained to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers submit an application with references, complete an interview with the program staff, and attend training. A complete criminal history and child abuse registry check are performed on each applicant. Upon completion of their training, CASA volunteers are sworn in by the juvenile court judge and adhere to strict confidentiality and professionalism throughout their appointment.
What does a CASA do?
Advocate: CASA gives the child a voice in court. CASA volunteers speak up for the child by making recommendations regarding the child’s best interests in a written court report.
Investigate: CASA evaluates the child’s situation through an objective lens. CASA volunteers carry out an objective examination of the situation, including relevant history, environment, relationships, and needs of the child.
Facilitate: CASA identifies resources and services for the child to encourage a collaborative relationship between all the parties on a case.
Monitor: CASA ensures the rights of abused and neglected children are being protected and the child’s best interests are being met.