Become a CASA Advocate
There are two ways to apply to be a CASA advocate: online or by paper.
A CASA advocate speaks on behalf of the child in the family court system and acts as their voice in the courtroom. A CASA advocate serves as the eyes and ears outside of the court system so that they can ensure a safe and permanent home for the child.
Our advocates go through a 30-hour training series at our office in Lexington and then are appointed to a case in the family court systems of Fayette, Bourbon and Woodford Counties. Once appointed to the case, the CASA advocate interviews everyone involved, including but not limited to the child, biological parents, foster parents, teachers, friends, doctors, therapists and relatives.
The CASA advocate writes reports that are sent to the judge and all other parties (lawyers and social workers) in the case. Judges use these reports as their eyes and ears on cases that need more attention than others. These reports are very valuable to judges because they often provide information on these critical cases that otherwise would not be available
TIME COMMITMENT: CASA advocates should be able to commit to 6-10 hours a month for at least two years to the family to whom they are assigned.
TRAINING: CASA Advocates are required to have 12 hours of continuing education per year.This requirement can be fulfilled through attending monthly CASA in-service trainings, reviewing approved books and videos, or participating in other outside training opportunities. Click here for the Fall 2019 Training Schedule.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS: CASA Advocates must effectively communicate orally and in writing, pass criminal and CPS history background check, and be more than 21-years-old.
If you’d prefer a copy of the application to be mailed to you, call (859) 246-4321.
If you fill out a hard copy, please mail it to the following address:
Jenifer Bahr, Program Manager
1155 Harry Sykes Way
Lexington, KY, 40504
Questions? Email Jenifer at firstname.lastname@example.org