What is the role of a CASA volunteer?

CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates) are trained community volunteers appointed by judges to provide information and make recommendations to the court about what is in the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse.   
CASAs are objective community volunteers, who are not part of the child welfare system, who focus their efforts solely on providing a voice for the child and making recommendations in regards to services, placement, visitation, reunification, and permanency. CASA volunteers monitor the child's situation while they are in foster care to make sure they are safe and to ensure their psychological, physical, educational, and other needs are met, with the ultimate goal of finding them a safe, stable, and permanent home. 

What are the requirements for becoming a CASA? 

The National CASA Association requires that CASA volunteers must…

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Be willing to complete necessary background checks, provide references, and participate in an interview prior to being accepted into the program
  • Complete a minimum of 30 hours of training before accepting their first case
  • Be available for court appearances, with advance notice
  • Be willing to commit to the CASA program until your first case is closed (a year and a half, on average)

Who is qualified to be a CASA?

There are no educational or previous employment requirements for becoming a CASA volunteer. People from all cultures and professions, and of all ethnic and educational backgrounds, are welcome and encouraged to volunteer. Once accepted into the program, you will receive thorough training in courtroom procedures, social services, the juvenile justice system, and the special needs of abused and neglected children.

Once training is completed, volunteers continue to have the support of their local CASA program staff, as well as opportunities for continued education and resources provided by the Kentucky CASA Network and the National CASA Association.

What duties must be performed by CASAs?

CASAs typically take on one or two cases at a time. To ensure they are acting in the child’s best interest and working towards their goal of finding a safe and permanent home, CASA volunteers must…

  • Visit the child regularly
  • Interview relevant parties (teachers, doctors, family members, etc.)
  • Monitor the child’s home environment
  • Research their case and review court records
  • File reports
  • Participate in treatment planning conferences
  • Identify and advocate for services for the child
  • Attend court hearings (this may include providing a testimony when necessary)
  • Help ensure that the Court’s Orders are being followed
  • Help the child understand the court proceedings and decisions
  • Stay engaged until the child is in a safe, permanent home


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Volunteer with Your Local CASA Program

Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, and Mercer Counties

CASA of the Bluegrass

Contact: Laura Guerrant, Executive Director

(859) 936-3510

Program Website


Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Metcalfe, and Warren Counties

CASA of South Central KY

Contact: Diane Eidson, Advocate Coordinator

(270) 782-5353

Program Website


Boone and Gallatin Counties

Boone County CASA

Contact: Colleen Maier, Executive Director

(859) 586-1222

Program Website


Bourbon, Fayette, and Woodford Counties

CASA of Lexington

Contact: Jenifer Bahr, Program Manager

(859) 246-4313

Program Website


Boyd and Carter Counties

CASA of Northeast KY, Inc.

Contact: Jeff Evans (Boyd) or Jessica Sexton (Carter)

(606) 739-2177

Program Website


Bracken, Fleming, and Mason Counties

CASA Program for Bracken, Fleming & Mason Counties, Inc.

Contact: Shanda Hamilton, Executive Director

(606) 563-7431

Program Website


Breckinridge, Grayson, and Meade Counties

Tri-County CASA, Inc.

Contact: Angela Buckles, Volunteer Coordinator

(502) 744-3137

Program Website


Bullitt County

CASA Program for Bullitt County

Contact: Dana Elkins, Volunteer Coordinator

(502) 543-4554

Program Website


Calloway and Marshall Counties

CASA by the Lakes

Contact: Angelia Boyd, Executive Director

(270) 761-0164

Program Website


Campbell, Kenton, and Pendleton Counties

CASA For Kids serving Kenton, Campbell & Pendleton Counties, Inc.

Contact: Nicky Jeffries, Executive Director

(859) 392-1791

Program Website


Carlisle, Graves, and Hickman Counties 

Graves County CASA

Contact: Kelly Cox, Volunteer Coordinator

(270) 251-2060

Program Website

Christian County

CASA Program of Christian County, KY Inc.

Contact: Virginia Erxleben, Executive Director

(270) 498-6609

Program Website


Crittenden, Hopkins, and Webster Counties

CASA Program of Hopkins, Webster and Crittenden Counties, Inc.

Contact: Daphyne Maddox, Executive Director

(270) 245-5112

Program Website


Daviess and Ohio Counties

CASA of Ohio Valley

Contact: Rosemary Conder, Executive Director

(270) 683-2138

Program Website


Floyd and Pike Counties

CASA of Eastern Kentucky

Contact: Shawna Kelly, Program Director

(606) 886-8520

Program Website


Hardin County

CASA of the Heartland

Contact: Debra Smith, Executive Director

(270) 982-2272

Program Website


Henderson and Union Counties

CASA of Henderson and Union Counties

Contact: Michaela DeHaven, Program Director

(270) 830-8400

Program Website


Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble Counties

CASA of the River Region

Contact: Shari Christoff, Advocacy Director

(502) 595-4911

Program Website


Knox and Laurel Counties

CASA of Knox and Laurel Counties, Inc.

Contact: Debra Hauser, Executive Director

(606) 389-5968

Program Website


Madison County

Madison County CASA

Contact: Victoria Benge, Executive Director

(859) 624-4794

Program Website


McCracken County

CASA Project of McCracken County

Contact: Liz Hansen, Volunteer Coordinator

(270) 443-1440

Program Website


Nelson County

CASA of Nelson County

Contact: Kate Mudd, Executive Director

(502) 331-6325

Program Website