CASA of Lassen Family Services
Lassen Family Services, Inc. CASA was founded in 1996 to advocate for children. Children who have been abused or neglected and who are under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Dependency Court in Lassen County.
“Every day in this country, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die. Every day. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of nearly 1,000 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates—empowered directly by the courts—offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.”- National CASA Association.
Take the first step. Attend a volunteer information session to learn about the roles and responsibilities of a CASA volunteer and how you can help change the life of a foster child and give them the happiness every child deserves.
CASA of Lassen Family Services mission is to provide specially selected and trained community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in Lassen County’s juvenile dependency system. We are a non-profit program under the umbrella agency of Lassen Family Services Inc. Our program works in collaboration with key agencies, legal counsel and community resources together to ensure that each child’s best interests are protected until permanency is achieved.
The focus of our advocacy is on the following areas:
- Mental/physical health
It further is the purpose of our program to educate the community regarding the great need for CASA volunteers. We are committed to advocating for each dependent child’s best interests and believe our mission will be accomplished when each dependent child has a secured, safe and permanent home.
Become A CASA
- Able to make a minimum of an 18-month commitment to the program and child(ren)
- Understand and follow the CASA confidentiality policy
- Respect and relate to people from various backgrounds in a variety of settings
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
- Gather and accurately record factual information
- Meet report deadlines and requirements
- Be objective, open-minded and flexible
- Act with confidence and courage in advocating for your CASA child(ren)
- Accept supervision and seek feedback from CASA case supervisors
- Maintain professional relationships with all community service providers
- Provide own transportation
- Pass a volunteer background screening consisting of a national criminal record check, DMV record check, Child Index Registry check and provide three references.
- Maintain consistent contact with CASA child(ren)
- Maintain consistent monthly (or more often, as necessary) contact with CASA case supervisor
- Submit volunteer reports to CASA case supervisor monthly
- Keep appropriate case notes
- Complete court reports in a timely manner
- Complete 12-hours of continuing education yearly
- Take a child to the home of the advocate
- Give legal advice or therapeutic counseling
- Make placement arrangements
- Give large amounts of money or expensive gifts to the child or the family