I hereby certify that the information submitted in this application is correct and accurate to the best of my knowledge; and I authorize inquiries concerning my suitability as a CASA Program volunteer. I understand that all the informationwill be held in strict confidence and used only for the purpose of determining my suitability as a volunteer.As a CASA volunteer, your primary focus is to advocate for the needs of the abused and neglected children who are in the custody of Child Protective Services. Our volunteers collaborate with family members, caseworkers, lawyers,therapists and caregivers (foster parents, relatives, etc.) to provide a recommendation to the judge as to where the children will have a safe and permanent home. As such, volunteers are expected to visit people involved with the child, attend court hearings, prepare court reports and communicate with all involved in the child’s life during the legalprocess. Volunteers with full-time jobs will have to be flexible with their time throughout their one-year commitment. I understand that qualities of a successful CASA Program volunteer include interpersonal skills, compassion, punctuality, and reliability. I further understand that if concerns arise, CASA Program reserves the right to reject an applicant at any time, including after interviews, during the training process or after certification.I understand that all information provided to and obtained by CASA Program will be held in the strictest of confidence.CASA Program may, however, disclose to other agencies and organizations, which utilize volunteers, the fact that I applied for and/or served with CASA Program as a volunteer. Furthermore, all information obtained by CASA Program will be deemed to be the sole property of the Agency, and shall not be available to me or anyone outside the Agency. I understand and agree that I am not obligated if called upon to perform services of a CASA Program volunteer and thatCASA Program is not obligated to assign or actively seek to assign a child to me.
I hereby affirm that all of the answers provided on my volunteer application are true. I understand that the information requested will be used only for thepurpose of determining my suitability as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. I understand that this application does not ensure appointment as a CASA volunteer. I understand that completion of training does not guarantee that I will be assigned a case. After successful completion of my training, I furtherunderstand that I will be expected to serve a minimum of one year in the CASA program. If unforeseen circumstances prevent me from fulfilling this obligation, I will submit a written resignation to the program director with as much advance notice as possible.I am aware that I will be examining sensitive, confidential documents, reports and other material in my capacity as a CASA volunteer. I will discuss these matters only with those persons directly involved in the case at the Court or those who will be consulted for their professional knowledge or expertise. I will not divulge this confidential information to anyone else.I hereby authorize CASA and any law enforcement agency or other appropriate agency to receive any criminal history record information and state central registry information (from the Department of Family and Children Services) pertaining to me, which may be in files of any federal, state or local criminal justice agency in the United States, and to investigate my background to determine my fitness as a potential volunteer. This information may be requested and be received on a continual basis during the period oftime that I am an active volunteer for the CASA program.I certify that the answers given in this application are true and complete to the best of my knowledge, and understand that if accepted into the program as a volunteer, any false or misleading statements on this application shall be grounds for dismissal.