STEPS TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER
It takes a special person to be a CASA. As a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), you would…establish and maintain contact with a child, interview his or her parents, social workers,teachers, and others, and submit a written recommendation to the court outlining what is best for the child. You would become the “eyes and ears” for the judge and help ensure that “your” child does not become lost in the court system. If you care and have about 10 hours a month to spend, being a CASA can be very gratifying work.
Interested in becoming a volunteer? fill out our Court Appointed Special Advocate Application to proceed with your involvement. Just print it, fill it out and mail or fax it in to the office.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers are ordinary people doing extraordinary work for abused, neglected and abandoned children and youth in foster care in our community.
As sworn officers of the court, CASA volunteers are appointed by a juvenile court judge to advocate one-on-one for children and youth in foster care. As an advocate you will be more than just a mentor – you will be a powerful voice for a child or youth during their uncertain journey in the foster care system.
You don’t have to be a lawyer or social worker. CASA of Sonoma County will provide you with the training you need to succeed.
CASA volunteers come from various walks of life. They share the willingness and ability to commit two years, and 10 hours a month, to a foster child or youth to make a difference.
Step 1: Sign up for an Informational Session (Orientation).
We offer Orientation Sessions that are designed so every participant leaves with a clear understanding of what it means to be a CASA volunteer. Attending an Informational Session is required for each potential volunteer before submitting an application. Our executive director Millie Gilson will meet you personally to assist in your decision making process and encourages you to review our CASA Volunteer Brochure prior to the orientation.
Upcoming Orientation Sessions:
Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:00 am, 11:00 am or 12:00 pm.
Call 707-565-6375 to sign up or click here to send an email. Orientations take place in our Sonoma County office in Santa Rosa.
Step 2: Excited to be a CASA volunteer?
To be scheduled for an interview, you will need:
- Copy of your driver license
- Copy of your automobile proof-of-insurance card
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Application:
Step 3: Congratulations! You’ve completed the interview process and all required security screening and have been accepted into Volunteer Initial Training. The next step is to complete Volunteer Initial Training, which consists of 40 hours of classroom training, and post-training site visits to other organizations assisting our youth.
CASA of Sonoma County conducts quarterly training sessions each year which are held in the fall, winter and spring and summer. Classes are taught by CASA staff, volunteers, and experienced professionals from the various disciplines and agencies who work with foster children during the dependency process.
Step 4: After you complete Volunteer Initial Training and are sworn in as an officer of the juvenile court, the final step in the process is to be matched with the child or youth that you will advocate for.