CASA of San Joaquin County is currently recruiting community volunteers to serve as "eyes and ears" for the Court and speak as a "voice" for a child's very best interest; at home, at school and in the court room. CASA of San Joaquin County provides the screening, training and on-going support necessary to be successful advocates for the neediest of children in our County. The CASA volunteer provides continuity by staying on the case until it is permanently resolved. Volunteers are expected to have contact with their CASA child every week, attend meetings and hearings and gather information from the people involved in the child's life, all for the purpose of providing the court with current and accurate reports of the youth's status as well as recommendations based on the youth's best interest.
What Do CASA Volunteer’s Do?
Once appointed to advocate for a youth, CASA Volunteers are expected to meet with their youth every week, as you are getting to know them, you are slowly learning about their wants and needs but more importantly, you are forming an organic, loving and trusting relationship with your youth.
As an Officer of the Court, CASA Volunteers meet with all of the professionals and important people in your youth’s life not only to gather important information for the court but also to look for other healthy positive adults who you can connect your youth with...slowly building a community of life-long mentorship and support for your youth.
Tasked with acting as the eyes and ears for the court and speaking as a voice for their youth, CASA Volunteers participate in any hearing or meeting where important decisions are being made about their youth, making sure everyone is aware of the youth’s thoughts and opinions and ensure all decisions are made in the very best interest of the youth... at home, at school and in the courtroom.
CAS Volunteers support and encourage their youth through all of the big and small transitions in their life; moving homes, transferring schools, changing social workers, transitioning into adulthood.
CASA Volunteers continuously work toward finding a safe and permanent home for their youth.
If you are interested in becoming a CASA Volunteer, you must;
be at least 21 years old,
have a valid Driver's License, with fewer than 3 points on your driver's record,
have access to an insured vehicle,
have no DUI's in the past 10 years,
NOT have history of domestic violence or crimes against children,
NOT have history with Child Protected Services against you or anyone in your household
Our application and training formats have changed a bit in order to continue to operate through the various COVID-19 restrictions. The two main change are:
To apply, you must use the link provided to complete and submit your initial application.
Training will take place in two parts; Part 1 is an online course that you may complete at your own pace. Part 2 is 5 in person classes of 3 hours each. Our Next In-Person Training Session begins Tuesday, March 9, 2021. (Training Calendar Provided Upon Inquiry Submission)
'New CASA Volunteer Application/Training process:
Complete and Submit the online application using the link provided upon inquiry to this opportunity. (You may also access the online application from our webpage: www.nochildabuse.org/casa)
In-Person Interview with CASA staff you will be contacted once we receive your application.
Complete the online portion of our 'New CASA Pre-Service Training Curriculum' (at your own pace)
Complete the In-Person portion of our ''New CASA Pre-Service Training Curriculum' (5 classes, 3hrs. ea.)
2nd interview w/CASA case manager
At the successful completion of the new CASA Volunteer Application/Training process, trainees will participate in a Commencement Ceremony at the Stockton Court House where each of them will be sworn-in as officers of the court. As officers of the court, CASA Volunteers are able to access important information and confidential medical, educational, criminal and legal documents pertaining to your youth and their dependency case.
Change A Child’s Story. Become A CASA Volunteer!!!
Please feel free to contact Andy Dominguez with any questions or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of San Joaquin County. The CASA Program endeavors to ensure that abused, neglected and abandoned children who have become dependents of the San Joaquin County Court will have a safe and permanent home.
CASA - A Powerful Voice in a Child's Life
CASA of San Joaquin County is currently recruiting community volunteers to serve as "eyes and ears" for the Court and provide a "voice" for a child; at home, in school and in the court room. CASA of San Joaquin County provides the screening, training and on-going support necessary to be successful advocates for the neediest of children in our County. The CASA volunteer provides continuity by staying on the case until it is permanently resolved. Volunteers are expected to have contact with their CASA child every week, attend court hearings as needed, and provide written reports to the court. The written reports include all interviews, visits, and assessments taken by the CASA in regard to recommendations based on the child’s very best interest. If you, or someone you know is interested in becoming a CASA volunteer please contact Trinidad Olivas-Newcomb at (209) 644-5319