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. Sign up for an in-person or an online Informational Session

DECEMBER

Sign up to attend IN-PERSON Informational Session Register below for a WEBINAR
Friday, December 13, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., CASA Office Monday, December 16, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., REGISTER
Friday, December 20, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Pinole Library  

JANUARY 2020

Sign up to attend IN-PERSON Informational Session Register below for a WEBINAR
Friday, January 3, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., CASA Office Monday, January 6, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., REGISTER
Friday, January 10, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., CASA Office  
Friday, January 17, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., Pinole Library  
Friday, January 24, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., TBD  

FEBRUARY 2020

Sign up to attend IN-PERSON Informational Session Register below for a WEBINAR
Friday, February 7, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., CASA Office Monday, February 3, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., REGISTER
Friday, February 21, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., CASA Office  
Friday, February 28, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., Pinole Library  

MARCH 2020

Sign up to attend IN-PERSON Informational Session Register below for a WEBINAR
Friday, March 6, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., CASA Office Monday, March 2, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., REGISTER
Friday, March 13, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., CASA Office Monday, March 16, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., REGISTER
Friday, March 20, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., Pinole Library  
Friday, March 27, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., TBD  

 


CASA Office2151 Salvio St., Ste. 295, Concord
Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd., Pinole

 

STEP 2: Excited to be a CASA volunteer?

Application

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. 

Reference Inquiry

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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