Currently, CASA for Douglas County advocates for over 400 children in foster care. At any given time in Douglas County, there are up to 1600 children in foster care. Our vision is to provide a CASA Volunteer to each child that needs one. We are in dire need of volunteers within our community to advocate for these children and make a difference in their lives.
No special background or education is required to become a CASA volunteer. We encourage people from all cultures and professions, and of all ethnic and educational backgrounds to volunteer.
Reach out to Martha Alcantara-Sanchez, Community Outreach Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (402) 806-7453 if you have any questions.
If you would like more information visit our Contact Form.
CASAs complete 30 hours of pre-service training & 12 hours of annual continuing education
CASAs learn all they can about the child, their family life, and their needs through monthly visits and
CASAs work with other professionals to ensure that necessary services are provided & are in the child's best interest
CASAs make fact-based recommendations to help the child thrive
CASAs report all they have learned and observed to the court and speak up for the child's best interests before the judge
CASAs journey with a child until they are placed in a safe, permanent, and loving home where the child can thrive
Click below for the detailed volunteer description.
Complete an application and provide supporting documents, including three references
Schedule an interview with a CASA staff person to see if this commitment is a good fit for you and the organization
3. Background Checks
Pass a criminal background check, Nebraska child abuse & neglect registry, & national sex offender registry checks
Complete 30 hours of pre-service training & 2 court observations
5. Swearing In
Celebrate your accomplishment with your training class and get sworn in as a CASA by a Juvenile Court judge
6. Case Assignment
Meet with your Advocate Supervisor to learn about your assigned case and get started with your advocacy
An advocate completes 30 hours of training and attends 2 court observations prior to being sworn in as a CASA. CASA training is scheduled over a five-week period and includes 3 hours of independent study and 3 hours of training each week. The class schedule provides some flexibility throughout the year. Click here to view the 2023 Training Schedule.
CASA Volunteers are required to complete 12 hours of continuing education each calendar year. CASA for Douglas County offers a variety of learning opportunities throughout the year.