An experienced advocate
Don Stephens served as a CASA for over 7 years. Recently he was asked to talk to the board about his experience. He shared of the challenges that face the kids he served, the joys and disappointments he experienced watching the children go through the dependency process. It was a gritty and inspiring presentation. He shared many gems of wisdom with the board, but insisted that we share this tip with the other advocates. He had developed a few tools to help him prepare for his court reports and said “I wish that CASA had given me something like this when I started 7 years ago. I hope you can share it with the other
Don’s Court Report Tool
He had developed a few tools to help him prepare for his court reports and said “I wish that CASA had given me something like this when I started 7 years ago. I hope you can share it with the other CASAs.” Then he shared a series of “worksheets” he had developed to help him keep track of details as he moved through his case and kept him organized as he started his report draft. Each page is a place to take notes for different sections of the court report. Some have questions to remind him about the kinds of information he wants to have for his court report. Don would take these out after each visit to check to see if he had any information to add.
The tool is provided below in both word and pdf forms.
If you haven’t developed something that works for you feel free to use this tool. If you already have something that is working for you, you may want to take ideas from this to improve the system you are already using.