Voices for Children (CASA of San Diego)

Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

Around San Diego CountySan Diego, CA 92123


About

Volunteer Advocates:
Foster children frequently change homes, are often separated from their siblings and fall behind in their education. In a sea of unfamiliar faces, a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer is a consistent adult presence in a foster child's life, someone to guide them through a confusing time. Foster children with a CASA are more likely to be adopted, less likely to re-enter foster care, and have a much better chance of graduating from high school.

What do CASAs do?

CASAs gather information from Court documents, social workers’ files, and educational, medical and therapy records. The advocates speak with the child, the child's family members, school officials, health providers, and other professionals involved in the child’s life. CASAs use this information, as well as firsthand observations, to advocate for the child in Court, school, and in other aspects of their lives. The CASA’s role is to consider what is in the child’s best interest and to make sure that each child’s individual needs are met.

With just 10-15 hours a month, you can provide the stability a foster child needs and make recommendations to the Court that can transform a foster child's life. It's a big responsibility, but Voices for Children is dedicated to supporting our CASA volunteers. Voices for Children provides all the training you’ll need and will match you with a staff supervisor to fully guide you through this exciting and life changing process.


Learn more: Sign up to attend one of our Information Sessions.

Skills

  • Relate Well To Children
  • Desire to advocate
  • No prior experience required - we provide training
  • Good Communication Skills
  • Good Writing Skills

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 10-15 hours per month
  • 18 months minimum service commitment
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