Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
When home is no longer safe for a child, and the child must enter the foster care system, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer called a CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocate. The CASA volunteer’s focus is on advocating for the best interest of that foster child. CASA volunteers do this by providing individualized attention through monthly visits to their foster youth and monthly meetings with professionals and attorneys, advocating for the childs best interest, writing an independent court report, and attending hearings. To be a CASA, you must:
Be passionate about advocating for youth impacted by the judicial and foster care systems (no specific background or education is required)
Complete 15 hours of online training and 15 hours of classroom training over a five week period.
Be willing to commit 8-10 hours per month for 2 years.
Be 21 or older
Have the flexibility to attend monthly meetings and periodic court hearings.
Maintain confidentiality, professionalism, and possess effective written and verbal communication skills
Possess a valid driver’s license, phone number, and address.
Pass necessary background checks, provide references, and complete an interview.
The CASA for Douglas County program provides in-depth trainings and a dedicated supervisor to work closely with and support you during your case. If you are interested in volunteering, but are unable to meet our volunteer requirements, some one-time volunteering opportunities are available (such as assisting with our annual race).