Dane County CASA
CASA provides volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates ("CASAs") to abused and neglected children who are under the protection or authority of the Dane County Courts. CASA is a unique program in that it is directly assigned by the courts to work with some of Dane County's most vulnerable children. Each year, CASA infuses thousands of hours of volunteer work by its highly trained CASA volunteers into the juvenile court system, and into the lives of the special children we serve.
The mission of Dane County CASA is to be an independent voice for abused and neglected children who are under the legal protection of the Dane County Courts System. We do this by training, supporting, and supervising community based volunteers who advocate for these children in the community and in the courts with the goal of establishing them in safe, permanent homes as soon as possible.
Achieving this mission requires that we maintain good working relationships between the Dane County Juvenile Courts, the Dane County Department of Human Services (DCDHS).
Dane County CASA programming conforms with the model of the National CASA Association. Visit the National CASA Association at www.casaforchildren.org
Upcoming Training Dates
CASA volunteer training is offered twice yearly in the spring and fall. The training format is a combination of in-class time and independent study. The in-class portion usually takes place in three-hour sessions, one evening per week for a stretch of seven weeks. The entire training, including the independent study portions, is approximately 30 hours total.
Our spring 2019 training round is full at this point, so the next training opportunity will be in the fall.
To be considered for our next training class, please fill out an application by August 15th. Training rounds tend to fill up quickly, so you're encouraged to apply sooner rather than later.
Apply to be a CASA Volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering with other Canopy Center programs, please use the general application so our Volunteer Coordinator can discuss the best fit with you.
To learn more about our volunteer positions, please visit the Volunteer page.
Looking for contact information for another staff member? Please visit the Staff Directory.