Being a CASA GAL can be a life changing experience, not only for the children we serve, but for volunteers ourselves. In accompanying video, Anthony Coy Gonzalez, CASA Volunteer and Ohio 2021 Teacher of the Year, speaks to his experience as a CASA volunteer, including the support he's received from staff, the relationships he's built with a family's support system, and the impact he's made in a young person's life.
The CASA/GAL is to perform actions or functions to protect the best interest of the child including:
You carry out an objective examination of the situation, including relevant history, environment, relationships, and the needs of the child.
You identify resources and services for the child and facilitate a collaborative relationship between all parties involved in the case, helping to create a situation in which the child's needs can be met.
You speak up for the child by making recommendations regarding the child's best interest in a written court report.
You keep track of whether the orders of the court and the plans of the child protective services agency are carried out, and you report to the court or collaborate with the child protective services agency when any of the parties do not follow those orders and plans.
Commitment to be a CASA/GAL
Many prospective volunteers ask about the time commitment to be a CASA/GAL. People from all walks of life are able to fit CASA into their schedules, including full-time 9-5 professionals and full-time stay-at-home parents!
Registration for our volunteer application below.
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