Anyone over the age of 25 years old is eligible to become a CASA.
Persons interested in becoming a CASA must submit a Volunteer Application with reference letters, undergo a thorough background check, participate in a 40 hour training course prior to being accepted by the program and the Court. Ongoing continuing education and in-service participation is required after accepting a CASA volunteer position.
To apply to be a CASA volunteer, submit the CASA Volunteer Application form (PDF) and three personal reference letters must be submitted to the CASA office via fax to (309) 888-4969 or by mail at:
200 W. Front St., Suite 500-B , Bloomington, IL 61701
After receipt of the forms, an initial interview will be scheduled.
Training classes are offered three times per year (Spring, Summer-Hybrid Learning, Fall). Please call the office at (309) 888-5656 for details on the next upcoming CASA Training Class. Applications are due at a minimum eight weeks prior to the class beginning.
There are ongoing training sessions for CASA volunteers after being sworn in by court. The program conducts in-service training on a monthly basis. Continuing education is required to serve as an active CASA.
CASA volunteers must complete 12 hours of continuing education each year. This can be completed by a variety of ways including attending in-service training events, reading relevant books and articles, watching movies or documentaries relating to foster care issues, etc. Download the Continuing Hours Form.