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.

Commitment

    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

    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. 

    Collaboration

    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.

    Advocacy

    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. 

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    "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? 

    Fall training begins on October 13, 2015.

    Fill out the form below to sign up for an info session. There you'll learn all you need to know about being a CASA!

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    Fill out the form below to sign up for an info session. There you'll learn all you need to know about being a CASA!

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    Pick an info session from the list below that best fits with your schedule.

    Mission Street Offices All info sessions are held at our offices, located at 2535 Mission Street, unless otherwise indicated. Additional locations are included below and are highlighted for each info session date.

    Bank of the West info sessions are held at 180 Montgomery, on the 22nd floor.
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