Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
Berkshire Children and Families recruits, trains and assigns volunteers for the CASA program, an affiliate of the national CASA organization. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers serve as Guardians ad Litem for children in state-custody cases in Berkshire County Juvenile Court. CASA volunteers advocate for the best interests of each child and make recommendations to the Juvenile Court in so-called “care and protection” cases.
CASA has affiliate programs throughout the U.S., and the BCF program is certified by the national CASA organization.
Criteria for CASA volunteers includes:
- Strong listening, interviewing, and observation skills
- Ability to file detailed reports and recommendations.
- Experience with children and families is strongly recommended.
- Ability to interact with families, probation officers, Department of Children and Families workers/supervisors, social service agencies, and educators.
Anyone interested in the advocating for the welfare of children is encouraged to participate.
Program Director Paula Buxbaum
413-448-8281 ext. 246.