Lift up a child’s voice, become a CASA volunteer today!
Thank you for your interest in becoming a court appointed special advocate with the Snohomish County Office of the Court Appointed Special Advocate. By advocating for an abused or neglected child, you give that child a voice – and a chance for a better life.
What is the role of a CASA volunteer?
Becoming a CASA volunteer is an investment of time, energy, and heart.
The CASA is a sworn officer of the court who gathers fact-based information about the child’s situation. As an advocate for the child, the CASA speaks with individuals involved in the child’s life so they can make objective recommendations to the court as to what is in the child’s best interest regarding their future, such as being reunified with their parents, living with relatives, guardianship or adoption. The CASA prepares reports to the court with their recommendations, attends all court hearings for the child, visits the child on a regular basis, and participates in case-related meetings. The CASA follows through on the case until it is permanently resolved. Each case is as unique as the child involved.
The Snohomish County Office of the Court Appointed Special Advocate is actively seeking volunteers from all cultures, professions, ethnic and educational backgrounds to join our team.
CASAs do not have to be a lawyer or social worker to be a volunteer. We seek to recruit, train and supervise quality volunteers who reflect the diversity of the population we serve. As a volunteer, CASAs are thoroughly trained and well supported by professional staff to help them through each case.
CASAs must pass a criminal records background check and participate in an in-person interview. Qualified applicants are required to participate in a 30+ hour pre-service training, commit to remain with their assigned case until it is dismissed, and possess a desire to make a difference in the life of a child.
How to Apply
Speak up for a child today. Become a CASA by taking the first step: submit an application to the Snohomish County Office of the Court Appointed Special Advocate. For more information, review the program brochure (PDF) or connect with us at (425) 388 -7854 or by email. Brochures are also available in Spanish, Russian, Filipino, Vietnamese, and Chinese.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association Memberships
The Snohomish County Office of the Court Appointed Special Advocate is an associated member of Washington CASA Association, Washington Association of Child Advocate Programs, and National CASA/GAL Association.