Steps to Becoming a CASA

Now that you’ve decided to make a difference, you might be wondering how to become a CASA volunteer. The steps are listed below. If you have any questions about being an advocate visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, call our staff at (217) 384-9065, or send an e-mail to

  1. Fill out an application.
    • Please be sure to submit all 5 pages, including the "Authorizing for Background Check” on page 5.
    • Do NOT submit any documentation directly to the Department of Children and Family Services.
    • An accurate address must be provided for each reference listed.
    • Mail applications to CASA at One Lincoln Square, Urbana, Illinois; fax to (217) 384-6450; or e-mail to
  2. Visit our office, pick up a manual, and meet with the staff.
  3. Enroll in an upcoming (LINK) training class.
  4. Attend and participate in (LINK) training. (30 hours classroom)
  5. Observe Court. (6 hours)
  6. Pick a case and develop an action plan. (4 hours)