How to Become a Volunteer


  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must pass criminal and Child Abuse/Neglect background checks
  • Submit application and be interviewed by CASA Staff
  • Attend necessary pre-service training requirements
  • Approval by presiding juvenile court Judge



  • CASA volunteers are required to attend approximately 30 hours of pre-service training
  • CASA volunteers are to follow guidelines established by the National CASA Association and 5th Circuit CASA
  • CASA volunteers will attend in-service training and receive direct supervision and guidance from program staff



  • Volunteers are required to commit themselves to the program for one year. 
  • Volunteers are expected to remain active on a case until it is closed by the court.



5th Circuit CASA has been appointing trained volunteers to abuse and neglect cases since 1985.  Currently, 5th Circuit CASA has trained hundreds of volunteers and is serving both Andrew and Buchanan counties.  CASA plays an integral part in assuring that children do not become lost in the court system.  A CASA volunteer is a caring adult who tries to understand the child’s concerns and report them to the judge.  One of the main goals of the CASA program is to ensure that every child brought before the Juvenile Court in regards to abuse and neglect is placed in a safe, permanent home.


Early contact with children who become involved in juvenile court as a result of abuse and/or neglect can help to prevent future involvement either as a delinquent or an offending adult.  The CASA program is dedicated to the premise that all children are entitled to grow up in a safe and loving home.  The CASA program is committed to reunification of child/children with their biological family, when that home can be made safe for the child/children.  Most important is the CASA volunteer’s role in ensuring that all decisions regarding the child are in their best interest.


Unable to volunteer at this time? Here are some other ways you might consider to help support CASA. 


Want to Become a Volunteer?

Please call us at: (816) 901-1708 or fill out our contact form.


5th Circuit CASA of Missouri

411 Jules, B-3

Saint Joseph, MO 64501



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