CASA volunteers get to know the child they are assigned to by talking with everyone in that child’s life: parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers, and others. They use the information they gather to inform judges and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them. A CASA volunteer fulfills six main roles:
Meet with the child once per week for at least one hour;
Gather information from all interested parties, such as attorneys, social workers, teachers, caregivers, therapists, etc.;
Keep an eye out for any unmet needs of the child, and advocate for those needs to be met
Write a court report to the juvenile court judge for each hearing concerning the child. The report gives the judge the information the advocate has gathered, what the advocate believes to be in the child’s best interests, and what the child would like to have happen
Attend all court hearings regarding the child (usually once every six months, sometimes more frequent)
Monitor the case by doing all of the above until the child is placed in a safe, permanent, and nurturing home
2125 S Broadway, Suite 106, Santa Maria, CA 93454, US
The mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County is to assure a safe, permanent, nurturing home for every abused and/or neglected child by providing a highly trained volunteer to advocate for them in the court system.
Every day in this country, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die. Every day. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of 949 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates--empowered directly by the courts--offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.
Volunteers stay with children until they are placed in loving permanent homes. For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.
Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
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2125 S BroadwaySuite 106Santa Maria, CA93454
September 9, 2020
Verbal / Written Communication
Driver's License Needed
Must be at least 21
Orientation or Training
10 - 12 hours per month after training
Completion of a 30-hour training program, provided by CASA. Minimum of a 1 year commitment