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CASA Contact Info

CASA logoIf interested in becoming a volunteer advocate, please call the Gila River Indian Community CASA Coordinator at (520) 562-9860.

Gila River Indian Community Court
721 W. Seed Farm Rd.
P.O. Box 368
Sacaton, AZ 85147

 

 

 

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Casa Info

What is a CASA Volunteer?

CASA volunteers are everyday members of the community whom Judges appoint to help them identify the best possible outcome for an abused or neglected child. The ultimate goal of a CASA volunteer is to ensure that every one of these children finds a safe, permanent and loving home where their culture is honored and their tribal identity is nurtured and preserved. You do not have to be a lawyer or a social worker to be an effective CASA volunteer. All you need is a desire to help abused and neglected children. As a CASA volunteer, you will receive training from professionals in the legal and children’s services fields and the complete support of a professional CASA program staff to help you through each case.

 

How Do CASA Volunteers Help Children?

With a CASA volunteer by their side, GRIC children know they have an adult who is there, simply because they want to help. The benefits a child receives by having a CASA volunteer are well documented.

In 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit of the National CASA Association. The audit found that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially:

Less likely to spend time in long-term foster care
More likely to receive needed services and resources
More likely to have their case permanently closed, never to return to the Children’s Protective Services (CPS) system
As a CASA volunteer, you have the opportunity to ensure the child’s cultural needs are being met by incorporating your tribal customs and traditions into your work. Together with the community, the CASA volunteer can take active steps to protect the rights of GRIC children.

What Does a CASA Volunteer Do?

As a CASA volunteer, you speak up for the best interests of GRIC children. You review records and talk to everyone involved – social workers, attorneys, Judges, parents, teachers, family members and, of course, the children themselves. You then present your recommendation to the court, stating what you believe is best for the child. Judges – who often refer to CASA volunteers as their “eyes and ears” – rely heavily on this testimony to make an informed decision about the child’s future.


Why Should I Be a CASA Volunteer


The Indian Child Welfare Act states: “There is no resource more vital to the continued existence and integrity of Indian tribes than their children.” The CASA program gives caring adults the opportunity to demonstrate that they truly believe children are the tribal community’s most precious resource. By committing yourself to these children as a CASA volunteer advocate, you will be rewarded with some of the most powerful and fulfilling experiences you can find.

CASA Volunteer Requirements

To be a Gila River Indian Community CASA Volunteer Advocate,

Be 21 years of age
Be willing to submit to fingerprinting and pass a background check
Complete a minimum of 30 hours of pre-service training
Be available for court appearances, with advance notice
Be willing to serve for 1 year
Be able to volunteer a minimum of 4 hours per month of your time
Have a valid driver license and reliable transportation