Volunteer

In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks. That’s where CASA volunteers like you can help make a difference.

Appointed by family court judges, CASA volunteers typically handle one case at a time until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. Other people come and go in the child’s life, but their CASA volunteer provides a constant presence the child needs to thrive and move on with their life.

Volunteers start by getting to know everyone in that child's life: parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and others. They use the information they gather to inform judges and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them.

You do not have to be a lawyer or social worker to be a volunteer. We welcome people from all walks of life. We are simply looking for people who care about children and have common sense. As a volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and well supported by professional staff to help you through each case.

You must pass a background check, participate in a 40-hour pre-service training course and agree to stay with a case until it is closed (two years on average). Read more about the requirements and role of being a CASA volunteer.

Interested in helping children but not ready to commit to becoming a volunteer advocate? Learn about other volunteer opportunities

Advocate Application

General Info
Are you a legal resident of the United States?
Emergency Contact
Do you have access to a computer?
Are you familiar with Microsoft Word?
Are you comfortable with e-mail?
Sex
Current Marital Status
Employment History
Children's Names
Living With You?
May we contact your employer (current and/or past):
Education
Currently Enrolled in School?
Part or Full Time?
Personal
Do you have any experience working with children?
Do you give CASA for Kids Flathead County permission to obtain information from these organizations regarding your membership?
Have you or your family had personal/professional experience with:
Child Abuse
Foster Care
Juvenile Court System
Child Protective Services
Other Child Service Agencies
Counseling or Therapy
Have you ever applied with another organization that works with children?
Were you accepted?
Have you ever applied to this or any other CASA program before?
Please answer the following questions and give details if answer is yes:
Have you ever been hospitalized for an emotional issue?
Do you now, or have you had a drug/alcohol abuse or dependency problem?
Do you have any kind of health impairment?
Please respond to the following:
Are you willing to commit to two years of volunteer service?
References

Please provide COMPLETE contact information for three non-family references that have known you for at least one year.

Please do not list a relative or significant other. If possible, please list an employer or supervisor. CASA for Kids Flathead County will mail a brochure with a description of the CASA program and reference form for them to complete and return.

Do you have any training or experience in any of the following:
(please check all that apply)

Case Preferences

It doesn't matter
Background Check

Any applicant found to have been convicted of or having charges pending for a felony or misdemeanor involving a sex offense, child abuse or neglect, or related acts that would pose risks to children or the CASA program's credibility is not eligible to be a CASA volunteer.

I, hereby affirm that all of the answers provided on my volunteer application are true. I hereby authorize CASA for Kids of Flathead County, their background check agent and any law enforcement agency they authorize, to investigate my background to determine my fitness as a potential volunteer.

I understand that the information requested in this application will be used only for the purpose of determining my suitability as a CASA volunteer. Completion of the application, interview process, and training do not ensure my acceptance into the CASA for Kids program. Further, I understand that completion of training does not guarantee that I will be assigned a case. If I have successfully completed the training and have met all other requirements, and it has been determined that I am a suitable volunteer, I understand that I will be expected to serve a minimum of two years in the CASA program. If unforeseen circumstances prevent me from fulfilling this obligation, I will submit my written resignation to the program director with as much advance notice as possible. I am aware of the sensitive and confidential nature of the official documents, reports and other material I will examine in my capacity as a CASA volunteer. I will discuss these matters only with those persons directly involved in the case or who will be consulted for their professional knowledge and expertise.

Service as a CASA volunteer is a privilege and not a right. I also understand that if for any reason it becomes apparent that my activities are contrary to the policies, goals and/or philosophy of the CASA program, and their desire to provide quality services to abused and neglected children, my services as a CASA volunteer will be terminated.