You Can Be A Powerful Voice In A Child's Life!
The goal of CASA is to protect and ensure each child's right to a safe, permanent home. These children have come into the Juvenile Dependency Court system as the victims of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment. Their caretakers have been unable to keep them safe, so social services and the legal systems have entered their lives.
The CASA volunteer is a sworn officer of the court whose job is to provide the juvenile court judge or referee with an independent assessment of the circumstances of the child. The CASA's report is drawn from their evaluation of interviews they conduct with the key parties in the child's life. The CASA makes recommendations for the disposition of the case based on the child's total circumstances. In addition, the CASA attends all court hearings pertaining to the child. With the support of the Program staff, they represent the interest of the child in the proceedings, which are normally scheduled every six months.
A CASA volunteer has many roles:
- To support the child throughout the court proceedings
- To establish a relationship with the child to better understand his or her particular needs and desires
- To communicate the child's needs and explore potential resources which will facilitate early family reunification or alternative permanency planning
- To provide continuous attention to the child's situation to ensure that the court's plans for the child are being implemented
In addition to these responsibilities, the CASA speaks with his/her child weekly, either in person or by telephone. This one-on-one contact promotes a trusting relationship for the child who often has no other consistent relationship during the period of involvement with the Dependency Court.
Stand up, Be a voice. Give back. Become a CASA Volunteer. Be a caring and consistent adult in the life a foster child. CASA Volunteers are highly trained and sworn officers of the court who speak up in the best interest of an abused and/or neglected child. To learn more about becoming a CASA Volunteer attend an orientation! Call our office for more information 661-631-2272.
- People Skills
- Relationship Building
- Verbal / Written Communication
- Critical Thinking
- Child Welfare
- Youth Services
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- 18 months, 10-15 hours per month
- Attend an orientation, have an interview and then Complete the 42 hours of training