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Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA)Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA)
Child Advocates San Antonio or CASA’s mission is to recruit, train and supervise court-appointed advocates who provide constancy for abused and neglected children and youth while advocating for services and placement in safe and permanent homes... Read more
Child Advocates San Antonio or CASA’s mission is to recruit, train and supervise court-appointed advocates who provide constancy for abused and neglected children and youth while advocating for services and placement in safe and permanent homes. CASA volunteers serve as an independent voice in court for abused and neglected children in San Antonio, TX. CASA staff and volunteers work together in the best interests of the children.
We are court appointed to stand in the best intrest of children.
For volunteers looking to make a difference for foster children in a long-term, committed position, CASA is wonderful. Volunteering with CASA requires a total of 3 full days of training, and at least 15 volunteer hours per month for a 1 year commitment because your role is so important in this volunteer position. Your primary role is to be a voice for children who have been abused and neglected until they have found a safe, permanent home. You become the dependable, familiar adult that they know is watching out for them, no matter how many foster homes, schools, and case workers they go through. CASA supervisors are a great support to the volunteers so there is nothing to fear. I'm also employed full-time and I've been able to make it work. Please check out an info session if you are interested!
CASA is a unique opportunity because the volunteers are the front line. The volunteers directly work with foster children and the legal and social community towards the best interests of the children. CASA prepares you through extensive training and experienced supervisors. With the exception of a few mandated court dates, you are generally on your own schedule and terms. Basically it's your own project with milestones and deliverables. It's been very challenging but most importantly it's an opportunity to help children who have been placed in unfortunate circumstances.