Become a Volunteer

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are trained volunteers whose role is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the Champaign County Juvenile Court system.


The CASA Advocate must be an adult and have the following qualifications:

  • Age 21 or older
  • Possess emotional maturity, stability, and common sense
  • Be objective and flexible
  • Exhibit self-assurance and assertiveness
  • Have the ability to deal with hostility and rejection
  • Be able to keep information confidential
  • Be able to work within established guidelines
  • Have the ability to interview, observe, listen, and analyze written material
  • Be able to write clearly and concisely
  • Have the ability to make decisions and set goals
  • Be willing to commit to the program for a minimum of 24 months
  • Accountability

Upon successful completion of pre-service training, background, and reference checks, the CASA Advocate will be formally accepted as an advocate at the official swearing-in ceremony. The CASA Advocate reports directly to either the Executive Director or Volunteer Coordinator.

How to Volunteer

Now that you’ve decided to make a difference, you might be wondering how to become a CASA volunteer. The steps are listed below. If you have any questions about being an advocate visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, call our staff at (217) 384-9065, or send an e-mail to badams@casa4kids.org.

  1. Download a PDF application or submit an online application
    • For the written application please be sure to submit all pages, including the "Authorizing for Background Check” on page 5.
    • Do NOT submit any documentation directly to the Department of Children and Family Services.
    • An accurate address must be provided for each reference listed.
    • Mail applications to CASA at 301 S. Vine; Lincoln Square Mall, Suite 210; Urbana, Illinois; fax to (217) 384-6450; or e-mail to badams@casa4kids.org.
  2. Visit our office, pick up a manual, and meet with the staff.
  3. Enroll in an upcoming training class.
  4. Attend and participate in training. (30 hours classroom)
  5. Observe Court. (6 hours)
  6. Pick a case and develop an action plan. (4 hours)

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