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.
Child Advocates San Antonio recruits, trains and supervises volunteers to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in foster care. CASA is part of a nationwide organization of Court Appointed Special Advocates with more than 900 local chapters in 50 states, and 77,000 volunteers, helping 234,000 children find a safe and permanent home last year. Locally, CASA was established by the San Antonio chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women in 1984 and has now been serving the children of Bexar County for 35 years.
The role of the Advocate is:
To be a fact-finder for the judge.
To speak for the child in court, representing the child's best interest.
To continue to act as a 'watchdog' for the child during the life of the case, ensuring that the child's needs are met and the case is resolved swiftly and appropriately.
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.