Become a Volunteer

There are several steps that one must go through in order to become a CASA volunteer. Get started today! By following these 4 easy steps you can join our corps of trained volunteers, working to serve the best interests of abused children, one child at a time.

Click on each step for more information:                                                                                                                    1-1-9-iamforthechildvolunteer

Step 1 – Register for an Information Session

Step 2 – Attend an Information Session

Step 3 – Application and Interview Process

Step 4 – Attend Training

 

Step 1 – Register for an Information Session

If you are interested in learning more about CASA for Children of Bergen County or becoming a volunteer you first must register for one of our upcoming sessions that will provide you with all of the information you need about becoming a CASA. We will be holding monthly Information Sessions on the third Wednesday of each month at 10:00am and 5:30 pm; you only have to attend one.  All sessions will be at One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensak NJ, Room to be determines. Directions can be found here. For more information or to RSVP, please contact CASA at 201-336-7520 or lauren@bergencasa.org.

 

When emailing please include your full name and an alternate way to contact you – either phone number or street address. 

 

Step 2 – Attend an Information Session

During this session you will learn specifically what our volunteers do and the commitment we ask of you.  CASA staff will introduce you to the program. You will find out more about our organization, training, the requirements needed to become a volunteer and all of your questions will be answered. After this session, if you are definitely interested in becoming a volunteer, you can sign up for an interview and start the application process.

 

Step 3 – Application and Interview Process

During this step each potential volunteer will need to fill out the Volunteer Application as well as provide 4 favorable references from non-family members using our Reference Questionnaire. The Volunteer Application should be completed and submitted to our office prior to the interview.  Once you have submmited your application, please call the CASA office at 201-336-7520 to schedule an interview.     

 

Step 4 – Attend Training

Potential CASA volunteers must attend an Information Session, be interviewed and be accepted into training.  CASA provides extensive training for our volunteers so that they are prepared to provide children with the support they desperately need. CASA volunteers undergo a thorough 36-hour training course. They learn about courtroom procedure, effective advocacy techniques for children, and specific topics ranging from child abuse to early childhood development and adolescent behavior. In addtion, trainees must attend 3 hours of court observation before being sworn-in by the presiding Family Court judge. Volunteers are required to attend 12 hours of continued training for each year of service. Our training course is offered several times a year and will prepare you for your volunteer experience. 

 

UPCOMING TRAINING:  

 

Wnter Daytime Training: TBA

 


 

Meet Our New CASA Volunteers from our last Classes!

 

 Congratulations! Welcome to the CASa Family! 

 

 

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Barry Satine, Stephanie Eby, Gayle Musnikow, & Naomi Theisz (pictured left to right).

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Donna Lally, Barbara Weissman, Carol Brown, Vannette John, Desiree Paton, and Karen Pena (pictured left to right)

 

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Chanel Dupree, Rachel Sauer, Jennifer Tsonas, Laura Slott, & Ana Chawla (pictured left to right). 

 

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Pictured from top left: Nisha Cordero, Maggie Schneider, Nancy Weiss, Judge Bonnie Midzol, JoAnn Bartlett, and Colleen Neale. 

Seated left to right: Carole Piccirillo, Barbara Malarsky, and Gina Logan. 
(Not pictured, Sadia Phillips who was sworn in on 2/13/15).