Dubois County CASA
Who is a CASA?
Court Appointed Special Advocates are community volunteers trained to represent the best interests of children who are part of the court system due to abuse or neglect. As a CASA, you can make a huge difference in a child’s life during this uncertain time.
Advocates are assigned their first case after 30 hours of training. This training consists of class time, reading, courtroom observation, and shadowing a seasoned volunteer on a visit. Once training is completed, advocates have the support of the CASA staff.
CASAs average 5-7 hours a month on their cases. They must be available to attend court hearings approximately once every three months and team meetings approximately once a month. CASAs are also required to complete at least 12 hours of in-service training per year.
The Mission of Dubois County CASA is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Circuit Court System. Based on the belief that children are entitled to a safe and permanent home, CASA works in the court system through trained community volunteers, in collaboration with key agencies, legal counsel and community resources to serve as the child’s advocate and represent the child in juvenile court. The CASA Program is an inclusive organization whose governing body members, employees, and volunteers reflect the diversity of the children they serve.
What is the process to become a volunteer?
1. Click on Apply Now below and complete the application. You will need the email addresses of 3 references who are not family. It is a good idea to have those ready before starting the application.
2. Once your application is submitted, the Director will contact you to set up a personal interview.
3. You will join other potential CASA volunteers in a training class. This class will be held twice a week for four weeks. This training will also include courtroom observation and shadowing a seasoned volunteer.
4. Once sworn in as an advocate, you will receive your first case and will have the support of your supervisor and other seasoned volunteers.
Spring/Summer New Volunteer Class begins May 14
Applications are due by May 1
Class will be 8 sessions held from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. on:
Tuesday, May 14 Thursday, May 16
Tuesday, May 21 Thursday, May 23
Tuesday, June 4 Thursday, June 6
Tuesday, June 11 Thursday, June 13
Deena Hubler, Director firstname.lastname@example.org 812-639-0143
Kristie Foote, Supervisor email@example.com 812-631-2458
Deanna Baur, Supervisor firstname.lastname@example.org 812-639-4854
|Angie Anderson||Jason Green||Patty Osser|
|Kimberly Becher||Lisa Guthrie||Kim Harmon
|Becky Beckman||Tina Martin||Angie Sanchez-Hostetter|
|Ginny Begle||Janelle Hasenour||Jamie Seitz|
|Lee Begle||Tammy Hawkins||Lori Wigand|
|Alicia Bies-Pfau||Kaye Jerrell||Leonard Spellmeyer|
|Clayton Boyles||Dawn Kilian||Amanda O'Brien|
|Laura Buck||Nicole Lampert||Debra Schmitt|
|Cindy Stewart||Amy Lasher||Janet Sendelweck|
|Renee Nord||Kim Lampert-Tucker||Ann Staff|
|Jennifer Daunhauer||Kelly Lehmkuhler||Michelle Sternberg|
|Shawn Dooley||Dianne Matheis||John Yoder|
|Bryan Heeke||Jane Merder||Heath Wright|
|Jane Flannagan||Ann Metzger||Sarah Wendholt|
|Jason Piper||Julie Monetta||Tonya Eckert|
|Sally Gogel Fischer||Morgan Thewes||Angie Schuch|
|Annie Gramelspacher||Rafaela Schaick||Brooke Sanders|
|Ken Rihm||Kitty Recker||Josseline Lopez Mendoza|
|Brian Dale||Aubrey Fogle||Theresa Gilley|
"I volunteer because every child deserves to be heard and have a voice – Sarah Wendholt, Volunteer"
"We were comfortably retired when we decided it was time to give back to our communities. We chose the CASA program because we both had a desire to help children. As a couple, we have found it to be beneficial to share processes and experiences, as well as to provide support and advice to each other. This is our way of “paying it forward” and the payback in helping children in immeasurable – Lee & Ginny Begle, Volunteers"
"Wanting change doesn’t make it happen. Just thinking about a child doesn’t impact their life. Volunteering does! If you want good things to happen for the children in our community, volunteer now! – Tammy Warner, Volunteer"
A History of Helping
The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA) was founded in 1984 to train volunteers to become court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children in court cases. The nonprofit group, based in Seattle, has 940+ offices and more than 77,000 volunteers in every state but North Dakota (where child advocates are paid professionals).
In 1991, Judge Hugo (Chad) Songer initiated the Dubois County CASA program to advocate for children who had been abused or neglected. This was partially in response to state legislation which mandated a CASA for the most serious Children in Need of Services (CHINS) cases.
In 2005, the state law was changed to require a CASA for all CHINS cases, regardless of severity. The Dubois County CASA program, as it existed at the time, was not prepared to handle the increased caseload. John Siebert agreed to become Director of the CASA Program, where he spearheaded a strong effort to recruit additional CASA volunteers. The effort was largely successful and the Dubois County CASA program expanded to meet the needs of the county. In March of 2007, the Dubois County CASA Program was recognized by the State Office of CASA as a state-certified program in compliance of all standards.