Become an advocate for a child in foster care! (Downey)
CASA of Los Angeles
CASA volunteers are trained and supported to promote the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. They have the opportunity to improve the life of a child by advocating for the services and support that all children need: a permanent home, education, and healthcare.
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 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, 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.
The first step toward becoming a CASA is to participate in our information session webinar, where you will learn in more detail about how to become an advocate. You can register for the online webinar at: https://casala.org/infosessionweb/.
About CASA of Los Angeles
201 Centre Plaza Drive Suite 1100, MONTEREY PARK, CA 91754, US
CASA of Los Angeles mobilizes community volunteers to advocate for children who have experienced abuse and neglect.
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (or CASA) volunteer makes a difference for children in foster care. CASA volunteers are paired to work one-on-one with a child and ensure they have the services and support needed in the areas important to all children: stable placement, education, and healthcare. There are 30,000 kids in the child welfare system in LA and many need the support of a CASA volunteer. The first step toward becoming a CASA volunteer is attending an information session, where we describe the role and impact our volunteers have.