How to Become a CASA Volunteer?
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers are ordinary people doing extraordinary work for abused, neglected and abandoned children and youth in foster care. CASA volunteers are appointed by a juvenile court judge to advocate one-on-one providing a powerful voice for a child or youth during their uncertain journey in the foster care system.
CASA of Contra Costa County will provide you with the training you need to be a successful advocate. CASA volunteers share the willingness and ability to commit two years, and 15-20 hours a month, to a child or youth to make a difference.
STEP 1: Sign up for an Informational Session
CASA Informational Sessions will help you understand what it means to be a CASA volunteer. Attending an Informational Session is required before submitting your application. Sign up for an in-person or an online Informational Session.
Upcoming Informational Sessions and Locations:
IN-PERSON INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS
|Sign up to attend||Register below|
|Saturday, 9/22, 12:30 - 2 p.m. at IEC||Friday, September 21, 12:30 p.m. - 2 pm. Register|
|Monday, 9/24, 6:30 - 8 p.m. at IEC||Friday, October 19, 12:30 - 2 p.m. Register|
|Friday, 9/28, 12:30 - 2 p.m. at IEC|
|Monday, October 1, 6:30 - 8 p.m. at IEC|
|Friday, October 5, 12:30 - 2pm at Richmond Chamber|
|Friday, October 12, 12:30 - 2 p.m. at IEC|
|Monday, October 15, 6:30 - 8 p.m. at IEC|
|Saturday, October 20, 12:30 - 2 p.m. at IEC|
|Friday, October 26, 12:30 - 2 p.m. at IEC|
|Monday, October 29, 6:30 - 8 p.m. at IEC|
STEP 2: Excited to be a CASA volunteer?
To be scheduled for an interview, submit the following:
A copy of your driver license and automobile proof-of-insurance card
- First, scan or photograph your license and insurance card.
- Then upload them to our secure file system, email them to us, or fax them to 925-887-6770.
- The application will require 10 - 15 minutes of uninterrupted time to complete.
- Applicants must also respond to our essay question as part of the application process.
Three references are required. References may be co-workers, friends, neighbors, or others who have known you for at least two years.
If you are currently employed, one of your references must be your employer. If you are currently in therapy, one of your references must be your therapist. Family members or intimate partners are not acceptable references.
- When we receive your reference list, we will send them our reference questionnaire and notify you as we receive their confidential responses.
STEP 3: You're Almost There
You've successfully completed the interview and screening process.
The next step is Volunteer Initial Training, which consists of 40 hours of classroom training, and an observational visit to juvenile court in session.
STEP 4: Start Advocating
Chose a child or youth. Our case management staff will help you review cases so that you can choose a child that is a good match for you. A trusting and positive volunteer-child relationship will be the foundation of your success.