The lines between being a CASA volunteer and a counselor or being a CASA and a mentor are fuzzy. How do you make sure you’re fulfilling your responsibilities without crossing the line?
Answer: A CASA volunteer becomes a concerned and caring adult in a child’s life so it’s important to be aware of the level of conversation which is taking place. If a dialogue moves beyond the level of natural conversation, and into the realm of what would be considered a counseling issue, the CASA needs to share with the child that there are other people or professionals who can help with processing those issues. Remember that the relationship between a CASA volunteer and the child he/she is working with is not always clearly defined, there is a lot of gray area. It is sometimes difficult to determine where the boundaries lie, so working with your CASA Coordinator is of the utmost important.
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