Speak up for Children - Make a Positive Difference
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 one year, and 15-20 hours a month, to a child or youth to make a difference.
You must be 21 or older to apply.
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.
Due to the Coronavirus situation, we have temporarily closed our office and are conducting Informational Sessions, applicant interviews, and Volunteer Initial Training sessions online. Because it’s more difficult to get to know our applicants in an online environment, we must limit our training class size. Currently our training sessions are filled until May 2021. Applicants will be added to our waitlist and will be contacted as interview slots become available.
Please register below.
|Friday, January 29, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., REGISTER|
|Friday, February 12, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., REGISTER|
|Friday, February 26, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., REGISTER|
|Friday, March 12, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., REGISTER|
|Friday, March 26, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., REGISTER|
STEP 2: Excited to be a CASA volunteer?
After you attend an Informational Session, you will receive an application and reference inquiry via email from our Recruitment Coordinator. The application will require 10 - 15 minutes of uninterrupted time to complete.
You will be asked to provide three references. 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. Family members or intimate partners are not acceptable references.
When we receive your reference list, we will email each of them our reference questionnaire and notify you as we receive their confidential responses. Please do not ask your references to submit recommendation letters as we must have them complete our standard form.
Once we receive your application and reference list, we will contact you to schedule an interview. Upon successful completion of your interview, we will work with you to conduct your background screening before training begins.
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 36 hours of classroom training, and an observational visit to juvenile court in session.
STEP 4: Start Advocating
Choose a child or youth. Our case management staff will work with you on selecting a child or youth on our waitlist who will benefit from your skills and experience. A trusting and positive volunteer-child relationship will be the foundation of your success.
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