Will you be the voice for a child in foster care?
A CASA is an advocate for an abused and neglected child in foster care. In a life full of uncertainty and endless change, you can be one consistent and caring adult. Becoming a CASA is likely to be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, full of surprises, challenges, and self-discovery.
is becoming a casa right for you?
You don't have to be a lawyer or a social worker to become a CASA. We're looking for individuals with a desire to help, learn, and commit themselves to advocating for the rights of a foster child.
If you are over 21 years old, are able to work with children and adults in a tactful and compassionate manner, and can respect and relate to people with different economic, sexual, and educational backgrounds, then you're eligible to become a CASA.
All our volunteers hold themselves to the following high standards during their involvement with the program.
All volunteer advocates go through extensive training before being paired with a foster child. Everyone joining the CASA program should be prepared and able to attend six weeks of evening trainings, held from 6 to 9 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our next training starts January 26th with the swearing in on March 3rd.
We also expect all CASAs to commit to a minimum of 18 months of working with us, and that you spend 3 to 6 hours visiting with and advocating for your youth each week.
CASAs must be willing to collaborate with our small, passionate team of case supervisors, as well as build relationships with social workers, judges, teachers, and attorneys. Our advocates are open to feedback, ready to learn, and ready to be challenged by different views than their own.
You will advocate for your assigned youth in the court room, in front of a judge and other adults involved in the child's case. CASA volunteers should be comfortable and eloquent while speaking in front of others, and be able to articulate their thoughts in a clear, respectful, and concise way.
Please note that our CASAs are often exposed to sensitive information throughout the course of their work with abused and neglected foster youth.
"Being a CASA is a wonderful, rich experience for a volunteer advocate!"
-Gail Nebenzahl, California's 2014 Volunteer of the Year
Are you ready to become a CASA?
Winter training begins on January 26, 2015.