Why Become An SFCASA Volunteer?
The foster care system is incredibly overwhelmed. With the best of intentions, social workers simply can’t spend enough time on each case–with each child–to really know what they want and what they need. That’s where a CASA volunteer steps in.
Currently there are over 1,000 children in the foster care system in San Francisco. Last year, SFCASA volunteers served over 300 of these children, and many more are waiting for a volunteer to act as their advocate. It’s so important for these youth to have positive role models–to have support from their own communities. A CASA’s involvement impacts the youth for a lifetime and for generations to come.
Who Should Be An Advocate?
You don’t have to be a lawyer or social worker; we’re simply looking for people with a desire to help abused and neglected children. CASAs are the only volunteers that are appointed by a judge and empowered to stand up for an abused and neglected child in court. For many of our children and youth, you provide the only consistent and caring adult presence in their life. Volunteers receive training from professionals and have the complete support of SFCASA professional staff through each case.
We ask each volunteer to make a minimum 18-month commitment to serve on a case, spending 3-4 hours per week. If you would like to learn more about becoming an CASA, please join us at one of our upcoming 45 minute information sessions. As a CASA volunteer, for as little as 12 hours a month of your time, you could make a lasting difference in the life of a child.