Apply to become a CASA volunteer

Please Note: You will need to fill out the application in one sitting. Please dedicate at least 30 minutes to completing the form below. We also recommend writing longer answers in a Word document, then copying and pasting into the form to ensure your work doesn't get lost if you have to navigate away from the page. 

The information requested in this application and other parts of the background check and selection process will be used only for the purpose of determining suitability as a volunteer and will be kept in confidence.

Date *
Date
Name *
Name
Phone *
Phone
Address *
Address
Work Status
Driving and Insurance Information
Driving is not required for your role as a CASA.
How many years did you attend school, what was your major, do you have any advanced degrees, etc.
Please provide as many specifics as possible such as the names of websites, newspapers, social media outlets, etc.
Have you attended a CASA information session? *
Please note, you MUST attend an info session before applying to the CASA program.
Have you ever been convicted of a crime? *
Have you had any personal experiences involving *
Check all that apply
References
Please provide the names and complete addresses for four references. Please include a minimum of two professional references. We also ask that you choose two local personal preferences. We will verify all references if your application is moved forward in the screening process. References will not be contacted until after the screening interview and invitation to participate in the training.
1. Name *
1. Name
Address *
Address
Phone *
Phone
2. Name *
2. Name
Address *
Address
Phone *
Phone
3. Name *
3. Name
Address *
Address
Phone *
Phone
4. Name *
4. Name
Address *
Address
Phone *
Phone
Agreement
I understand that by submitting this application, I am authorizing inquiries to be made concerning my suitability as a volunteer. The background investigation will include a formal security check which costs $80 and that I agree to pay for unless I am unable to afford it. I acknowledge that if I am found to have been convicted of or to have current charges pending for a felony or misdemeanor involving a sex offense, child abuse, or child neglect, I will be ineligible to serve in the role of a CASA.

I authorize SFCASA to interview me in depth regarding my personal background and experiences. Children in the CASA Program have experienced or witnessed a variety of personal challenges including emotional, physical or sexual abuse, substance abuse and/or mental illness. Because appropriate assignment of a child depends on the CASA's own experiences of these issues, I understand that my SFCASA interview will include questions about these topics. If I become uncomfortable with these questions I will be free to terminate the interview, but I understand that my application will then be considered withdrawn.

I understand that volunteers are selected based on their individual ability to meet the responsibilities of the CASA Program, as determined in the discretion of SFCASA staff. I also understand that because of the confidential nature of the screening process, this agency is not obligated to disclose to me reasons or sources for any decision concerning my acceptance or non-acceptance into the program. I understand that all materials I submit become property of SFCASA and will not be returned. Furthermore, I hereby waive any claim that the selection practices and policies described above are an invasion of privacy.

I understand that the agency must take the best interest of the children into consideration first when matching them with a CASA. Thus, I understand that in the event that I should complete the entire CASA training, (1) SFCASA is not obligated to certify me (present me to the Court to be sworn as an officer), (2) SFCASA is not obligated to assign, or to actively seek to assign to me a child, and (3) I am not obligated, if called upon, to perform volunteer services herein applied for. However, no individual will be rejected because of disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, race, or sexual orientation.

I understand that I must complete 45 hours of training that includes at least 3 hours observing court proceedings before being considered for certification as a CASA volunteer. I further understand that I must participate in an additional 12 hours of continuing education each year. If selected for program certification and assigned to a child's case, I understand that my duties may include court appearances, visits to homes of family members involved in the case, and possibly visits to institutions or treatment programs.

Finally, I recognize that any changes made to the understandings above must be made in writing and signed either by the Executive Director or the Chair of the Board. *