Alameda County is home to the largest number (approximately 1,270) of foster children in the San Francisco Bay Area. Most of these children have faced childhood abuse, neglect or abandonment, sometimes followed by years of instability as they are moved from one foster care placement to another. High child welfare worker caseloads and frequent case reassignments result in little time to develop relationships. Not only do child welfare workers change but children often lack continuity among other professionals, including caregivers, attorneys, teachers, therapists, psychiatrists, judges/commissioners, and even their friends.
A CASA volunteer serves as a wholly independent voice exclusively of the child/youth ensuring that all professionals involved in the case have up to date information and are completing tasks in a timely manner. They advocate for sibling visitation, educational support, extracurricular activities, health, mental health services, and more. Each volunteer is required to complete an extensive screening process, as well as 30-hour training before taking on a case. CASA volunteers spend a minimum of 10 hours per month meeting with the youth and working on his/her case. We ask volunteers to make a minimum commitment of one year, though many volunteers maintain relationships for years, becoming lifelong permanent connections.
Feel free to also fill out an application, you will find the link on this page. Note that you will need five references and to write a bio so we can learn more about you. https://ca-alameda.evintosolutions.com/VolunteerApplication
Please reach out with any questions about this important advocacy role!
Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator
Alameda County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Alameda County CASA
1000 San Leandro Boulevard, Suite 300, San Leandro, CA 94577, US
Alameda County Court Appointed Special Advocates Program, (CASA) promotes and supports quality volunteer advocates to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the dependency court system.
Alameda County CASA serves abused, neglected, or abandoned children by recruiting, training, and supervising adult volunteers who are appointed by a juvenile court judge to speak for the best interests of the child. They also aid the judge in finding the child a safe, permanent home. The one-on-one relationship that forms between the CASA volunteer and the dependent child is often the only stable relationship the child has while in foster care.
Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Thu Nov 12, 2020
06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.