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 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


Sign up to attend IN-PERSON Informational Session Register below for a WEBINAR
Monday, July 22, 12:30 - 2 p.m., CASA Office  Thursday, July 25, 12:30 - 2 p.m., REGISTER


Sign up to attend IN-PERSON Informational Session Register below for a WEBINAR
Tuesday, August 6, 6:30 - 8 p.m., CASA Office Monday, August 12, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., REGISTER
Monday, August 19, 12:30 - 2 p.m., CASA Office  Friday, August 23, 12:30 - 2 p.m., REGISTER


Sign up to attend IN-PERSON Informational Session Register below for a WEBINAR
Friday, September 6, 12:30 p.m. - 2 pm.., CASA Office Monday, September 9, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., REGISTER
Friday, September 13, 12:30 - 2 p.m., CASA Office  Monday, September 16, 12:30 - 2 p.m., REGISTER
Friday, September 27, 12:30 - 2 p.m., CASA Office Monday, September 23, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. REGISTER


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. 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

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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