CASA of Los Angeles mobilizes community volunteers to advocate for children who have experienced abuse and neglect.
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers ensure that the children with whom they are paired have the services and support needed in the areas important to all children: stable homes, education, and healthcare. As sworn officers of the court, CASA volunteers visit their child on a regular basis, interact with professionals and others involved in the child’s case, gather information on specific issues in the child’s life that need attention, and make recommendations directly to the child’s judge. Volunteers’ advocacy activities with children are focused on: ensuring safety during their time in the dependency system; facilitating permanency through placement with parents, other family, or adoption; and promoting enhanced well-being.
CASA is a remarkable organization and has a great team who help train their volunteers thoroughly before being assigned a case.
I recommend this volunteer experience to anyone who is looking to develop a positive relationship with a foster youth as they navigate their way to find a permanent home and family.
This is a great organization that continues to build momentum and is admired throughout the community with its brave group of volunteers! I can always say I am glad to be a CASA!
I would recommend this organization primarily because this volunteer job gives people the opportunity to profoundly benefit the lives of children and their families. Secondly with this job you learn valuable information and receive training that is useful in many ways.
If you are interested in a challenge, learn about a world that you could never imagine, then become a CASA. I have been a CASA volunteer for just over a year, and it has been one of the most rewarding time since I retired 7 years ago. These kids have not had a break their entire lives, being their CASA could be the best thing that has ever happen to them, and in turn your reward of being able to make a difference is priceless. It hasn't been an easy journey, but be assured the CASA staff provides superior training, and ongoing support. In addition the CASA staff provides additional ongoing training in a variety of subjects that will help you work through your assigned cases. So if you want to learn something new, make a difference in a child's life and get the reward of feeling great that you are giving back to society, come join the Team!! I'm proud to be part of the CASA of Los Angeles organization.
I have been volunteering with CASA for two years. During that time I have been able to help a mother and child reunite; to help find a safe,permanent home for an abused child and to help make sure another child receives the medical, psychological and educational assistance he needs.
CASA is the most satisfying volunteer work I can imagine. As a court officer I have the ability to change the life course of a child who might otherwise be forgotten in the foster system.
The CASA organization provides excellent training and on-going support for your work with the children. This opportunity is not for everyone but for those who volunteer with CASA it is a life changing, life affirming experience.
I have been a CASA volunteer for 17 years. It is one of the most meaningful things I have done in my life. I have had the privilege of assisting several children who came out of very painful family situations. Some have successfully been reunited with their families and some have found permanent loving homes through adoption. The program professionally supports and guides the volunteers' efforts, and the Dependency Court that monitors the care of foster children really values and respects the efforts of the CASA volunteers. This program trains and trusts everyday people to accept the responsibilities and authority to speak up with a powerful voice on behalf of some of our most vunerable children. There are CASA programs in most counties in our country. Another CASA once told me, "This is a true American success story". Here in Los Angeles, we have over 20,000 kids in foster care and this is a great way to help them. Please consider becoming a CASA.