Spokane County Juvenile Court Services
Spokane County Superior Court
Promote public safety, accountability, and positive change for dependent, delinquent, at-risk children and their families.
- We receive over 500 referrals each year for abused, neglected and abandoned children. (CASA)
- We serve approximately 2,000 youth within the formal court system for delinquency matters, and close to 1,400 youth who have committed minor criminal offenses. (NAB)
(This is primarily a County agency, with some State and Federal funding.)
- Neighborhood Accountability Board Volunteers (NAB) or Diversion Volunteers, working in teams of two, advocating for 1st and 2nd time offenders charged with relatively minor offenses such as shoplifting, possession of alcohol, malicious mischief, vehicle prowl and 4th degree assault.
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) advocate for abused, neglected, and abandoned children in the system. Referrals come from CPS who has already done a preliminary investigation and determined there is merit to the allegations. The CASA conducts their own investigation and make recommendations as to what is in the best interest of the child(ren).
CASA volunteers represent the best interests of the child in court. Although these children are younger than 17, most of the cases involve children younger than 6. The state has an attorney, the parent has an attorney, and the child has a CASA volunteer.
CASA volunteers must be 21 years old, attend 30 hours of training, pass a criminal and child protective services background check, have a valid driver's license, and carry libability insurance on their car. Good verbal and written skills are especially important, because CASA volunteers speak in court and fill out reports. Contact the CASA program to find out more about the application process at (509) 477-2469.
CASA: Training takes place four times each year, typically in January, April, July, and September. Alternating training sessions consist of four full days, two Fridays and Saturdays back-to-back, 8:30-5:00, and in April and September, Tuesday/Thursday evenings, 5:30-8:30 for 9 sessions, with one, half-day Saturday session in the morning from 8:30-12:30.
NAB/Diversion: Training takes place 2-3 times each year and is held on Monday and Wednesday evenings, 5:30-8:00, for a total of seven sessions. The boards themselves, where we meet with children and their parents, take place on the 1st and 3rd or 2nd and 4th Tuesday or Thursday of each month, either on the Northside, valley or Southside.
Last Updated By: Susan Cairy