At CASA DC, our dedicated community of volunteers are finding strategies to speak truth to power amidst this current crisis where compassionate accountability is desperately called for. Thank you for taking the next step to stand in solidarity with our youth, their families and the D.C. community at large.
As a Court Appointed Special Advocate(r) (CASA), you will advocate on behalf of children and youth who have experienced abuse or neglect in D.C. Your best-interest advocacy will help ensure that children are safe, have a permanent home and have the opportunity to thrive.
CASA/GAL volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for children’s best interests. They stay with each case until it is closed and the child is in a safe, permanent home. We serve children from birth through 21.
Volunteers work with legal and child welfare professionals, educators and service providers to ensure that judges have all the information they need to make the most well-informed decisions for each child.
Our best-interest advocacy is driven by the guiding principle that children grow and develop best with their family of origin, if that can be safely achieved. Most of the children we work with are in foster care, but some are with their family of origin. And, most children who leave foster care do so to return to their family.
All CASA volunteers are screened, trained and supported by CASA program staff. In response to social distancing measures, CASA DC is operating 100% online and will host virtual interviews and training sessions through the Summer 2020.
There are approximately 2,500 foster children in the DC Family Court system. 1,500 new cases of abuse and neglect appear each year. CASA DC's goal is to recruit and train volunteers to serve every one of these children. CASA DC offers kinds of volunteer opportunities, both of which pair an adult (21+) with a young person (usually between 6 and 21) who has suffered from abuse or neglect.
CASA- Court Appointed Special Advocates are trained to speak up for children in the DC Foster Care system. CASAs are appointed by a judge to represent the best interest of a foster care child or youth. CASAs gather information about each child’s situation, submit reports to the court, make recommendations in the best interest of the child and provide the court with valuable insight into the child’s life. CASAs dedicate a minimum of 10-15 hours per month to their case for at least a year.
Children & Youth
Immigrants & Refugees
Race & Ethnicity
We'll work with your schedule.
220 I St. NESuite 285Washington D.C.Washington D.C., DC20002
September 30, 2020
Driver's License Needed
Must be at least 21
Orientation or Training
10-15 hours/month for at least one year
Applicants must complete online background check and Child Protective Registry Form