CASA of Los Angeles mobilizes community volunteers to advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children. 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 foster care system.
CASA volunteers are trained and supported to represent the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. They have the opportunity to broadly influence the life of a foster child by advocating across many important life issues, including permanent placement, health care, education, and enrichment activities. A CASA volunteer is paired with a child and, unlike others in the system, works one-on-one to advocate for his/her best interests in both the courtroom and the community.
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 sensitively and 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.
For more information, or to RSVP for an information session, please visit: http://casala.org/volunteer/. We look forward to sharing more information about our work at the information session!
- Problem Solving
- Critical Thinking
- People Skills
- Relationship Building
- Verbal / Written Communication
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- Up to 15-20 hours per month
- Commit to a minimum of two years; travel to wherever your child is residing at least 1x month