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Become a C.A.S.A.

Volunteer Requirements

Speak up for a Foster Youth, Become their Champion, Become their C.A.S.A.

Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (C.A.S.A.), become a foster youth's Champion.  Devoting 10-15 hours a month will help transform a life of hurt into a life of hope. 

  • Register to attend an information session. We encourage you to review our requirements for becoming a C.A.S.A. before attending.

  • Complete the C.A.S.A. volunteer application.

  • Step 3: Interview

    Once you have attended an information session and we have received your application, you will be scheduled for an interview. A C.A.S.A. staff member will conduct the interview and determine eligibility. If it is a mutual fit, you will be invited to participate in a training cohort.

  • Training includes 30 hours of classroom and online training, as well as the observation of Juvenile Dependency Court hearings where you will meet the judges see current C.A.S.A.s in action.

  • Step 5: Completing your Background Clearance

    You will be asked to connect with your references to ensure a timely response. You will also be asked to complete security clearances, including criminal and driving record checks. If you are not able to pay for the live scan, C.A.S.A. provides scholarships.
    Clearances include:
    •An FBI/DOJ/CACI and National Sex Offender Registry background check form (provided during training).
    •Social Security number check (provided during training)
    •A DMV printout (last 10 years).
    •A copy of a valid driver’s license and car insurance.
    •Three positive references.

  • Step 6: Swear-In

    Once you have completed training and cleared all background checks, you will be invited to participate in a swearing-in ceremony held in our County's Dependency Court. There, you will meet the Presiding Juvenile Court Judge and take your oath as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. After you have taken your oath you will have the opportunity to complete your court observations.

  • Step 7: Meet Your Advocate Supervisor

    You will be matched with a C.A.S.A. staff member, your Advocate Supervisor who will provide you with professional support along your journey. They will provide you with guidance, resources, information, and support to help you be the best advocate for your youth.

  • Step 8: Advocate

    You will coordinate a date and time to review youth files and discuss potential cases with your Advocate Supervisor. You will select a youth and or sibling set to be appointed to. Your Advocate Supervisor will submit the required appointment documents. Once the court has approved the appointment your Advocate Supervisor will schedule an introduction meeting between yourself, your youth, and the placement.

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