CASA of Los Angeles mobilizes community volunteers to advocate for children who have experienced abuse and neglect. We are the only organization with volunteers appointed by the dependency court to advocate for children. Men are particularly needed to serve as CASA volunteers for the thousands of boys and young men currently in the child welfare system.
CASA volunteers are trained and supported to promote the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. They have the opportunity to improve the life of a child by advocating for the services and support that all children need: a permanent home, education, and healthcare.
The CASA role includes:
-Maintaining regular contact with the child and visiting him/her at least once a month.
-Gathering information about the child’s circumstances, evaluating the facts independently, and providing recommendations to the court by means of written reports.
-Communicating objectively with children, social workers, foster care providers, therapists, teachers, attorneys, parents, or other family members who may be involved in the case.
Through these activities, CASA volunteers are instrumental in facilitating access to the material, educational, and physical and mental health services necessary for each child to thrive.
Benefits: CASA volunteers receive ongoing support from staff and fellow CASAs, developing their personal and professional skills. Volunteers also connect with like-minded individuals. Many of our volunteers say that being a CASA is the most personally rewarding role they have played, either paid or as a volunteer.
Learn more about how you can become involved by attending an information session. We have an online and many in-person options. For more information, or to RSVP for an information session, please visit: http://casala.org/volunteer/ or call 323-859-2888.