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, in many cases, acts as their voice in the courtroom. Our primary focus is to ensure a safe and permanent home for the child.
The first step to being a CASA advocate is completing a 30-hour training series at our office in Lexington. After being sworn in, advocates are qualified to be appointed to a case in the family court systems of Bourbon, Fayette and Woodford Counties. Once appointed, they will interview everyone involved, including but not limited to the child, biological parents, foster parents, teachers, friends, doctors, therapists and relatives.
The CASA advocate uses the details obtained by their research to write reports sent to the judge, lawyers and social worker involved in the case. Judges value these reports as their eyes and ears on cases needing more attention than others. These reports provide information on critical cases that would not otherwise 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: The initial 30-hour training is held multiple times throughout the year. Click here for the Fall 2019 Training Schedule and here for the Winter 2020 Training Schedule. Additionally, CASA advocates are required to have 12 hours of continuing education per year. This requirement can be fulfilled by attending monthly CASA in-service trainings, reviewing approved books and videos or participating in outside training opportunities.
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) 246-4313.
If you fill out a hard copy, please mail it to the following address:
3245 Loch Ness Dr. Lexington, KY, 40517
Questions? Email CASA of Lexington Program Manager Jenifer Bahr at firstname.lastname@example.org