Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

Thank you for helping us achieve our goal of providing every foster child in Yolo County with a CASA volunteer by considering becoming one. If you choose to become a CASA, you are giving a child a gift of a stable, consistent, and healthy relationship. Research shows that this is the best gift you can ever give to someone, especially a child.

A Court Appointed Special Advocate is a specially trained and supported community volunteer, appointed by a judge. CASAs make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children by working with the child and everyone in that child's life to monitor how they are doing while in the foster care system. CASAs usually advocate for only one or two children at a time, allowing ample time to gather thorough information. They build relationships with their "CASA" kids, spending time with them and gathering facts about their situation so they can report back to the judge to allow for decision making that is in the child's best interest.

When children are abused or severely neglected, they must rely on adults to help them obtain justice and services. While that is the intent of the social service and Juvenile Court systems, all too often these systems are fraught with escalating caseloads and reduced resources.

Children presently average more than three years in the limbo of foster care with their futures unresolved and uncertain. The judge, with as little as ten minutes to determine a child's fate, faces increasingly complex cases, limited support services, and disjointed, insufficient or outdated information on which to make sound decisions.

Because of this, CASAs are essential for getting foster children the resources and outcomes they need to have a chance at a better life. Past volunteers have characterized their service as a CASA as one of the most rewarding experiences they've had.  

Qualities needed:

Able to make a minimum of a 18 month commitment to the program and child(ren)

Understand and follow the CASA confidentiality policy and other guidelines

Respect and relate to people from various backgrounds in a variety of settings

Communicate effectively both orally and in writing

Gather and accurately record factual information

Meet report deadlines and requirements

Be objective, open-minded and flexible

Act with confidence and courage in advocating for your CASA child(ren)

Accept supervision and seek feedback from CASA advocate supervisors

Maintain professional relationships with all community service providers

Provide own transportation

Be at least 21 years of age

Pass a thorough background screening and provide three (3) letters of recommendation.

Requirements:

Complete 30 hour initial training

Maintain consistent weekly contact with CASA child(ren)

Maintain consistent monthly (or more often as necessary) contact with CASA advocate supervisor

Submit volunteer reports to advocate supervisor

Keep appropriate case notes

Complete court reports in a timely manner

Complete 12 hours of continuing education yearly

 

The court appointed special advocate does not:

Take a child home or introduce the child to family or friends

Give legal advice or therapeutic counseling

Make placement arrangements

Give large amounts of money or expensive gifts to the child or the family

 

For more information, call our office at 530.661.4200 or email us.

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