Volunteer candidates selected as advocates shall be recruited and screened by the Executive Director and provided appropriate training prior to working with clients.
Volunteers will be screened using the following criteria:
- Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older.
- Volunteers cannot currently be on parole or probation.
- Volunteers may not have any pending felony charges or any felony convictions.
- CASA will not accept volunteers with convictions for sex offenses or violent offenses.
- Volunteers may not have convictions for drug offenses.
- All volunteers will submit a completed written application including references.
- All volunteers will submit to a personal interview.
- All volunteers will authorize a check of the Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) system, and submit to a finger printed FBI and ISP criminal background check and local law enforcement incurring a non-refundable fee of $55.00, as well as any out-of-state localities where the candidate has resided in the past 7 years.
- All volunteers will authorize a check of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) central registry--Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System (CANTS) and National Sex Offender Registry.
- All volunteers will submit their Social Security number for verification and their Driver’s License copy for a motor vehicle record inquiry.
- All volunteers will sign a confidentiality form.
- All volunteers will sign a conflict of interest statement.
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705 ILCS 405/2? 17.1