BEGIN A PROGRAM

BEGIN A PROGRAM

If your county does not have a CASA program and you are interested in beginning a program, we are happy to help. There are crucial steps in order to establish a successful CASA program and we can guide you through the process. See our program development steps below for how to get started. Contact WV CASA for more information at 304-343-4306 or by email at wvcasaa@frontier.com. We are here to assist you through the process.

1. ESTABLISH A COMMITMENT

  • Conduct Needs Assessment
  • Seek judicial support
  • Conduct needs assessment
  • Inform key community leaders

2. ESTABLISH A PROGRAM MISSION

  • Develop a mission statement consistent with CASA Standards

3. ESTABLISH A PROGRAM FRAMEWORK

  • Decide type of organization
  • Determine program structure
  • Determine volunteer and staffing needs
  • Establish goals and timelines

4. CREATE A PROGRAM INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Complete necessary legal steps (if incorporating as new non-profit corporation)
  • Establish governance or advisory body
  • Define and assign financial management duties
  • Define and assign oversight of legal responsibilities
  • Determine liability risks
  • Research insurance needs

5. SECURE FUNDING

  • Identify potential funders
  • Create initial budget
  • Develop fundraising plan
  • Seek funding

6. DEVELOPMENT A MANAGEMENT PLAN

  • Determine decision-making authority
  • Develop job descriptions
  • Determine position qualifications
  • Establish hiring policies and procedures

7. BUILD EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Establish strong partnership with court
  • Inform and educate community agencies
  • Begin negotiation of working agreements
  • Speak to civic and community organizations

8. PLAN FOR PROGRAM OPERATIONS

  • Establish office
  • Recruit and hire staff
  • Train staff
  • Develop policies and procedures

9. IMPLEMENT PROGRAM

  • Recruit and screen volunteers
  • Conduct training
  • Assign cases
  • Evaluate what works
  • Plan for the future
  • Celebrate accomplishments

Provisional membership may be extended upon completion of steps 1-5. The Provisional Membership Self-Assessment that is available by calling the National CASA Association at 800-628-3233.

Download a PDF of the Steps to starting a CASA Program.

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