Advocates Take Time to Change a Child's Life!
No one longs for a safe and loving family more than a child in foster care. As an Advocate, you are empowered by the courts to help make this dream a reality. You will be the one consistent adult in these children's lives, vigilantly fighting for and protecting their fundamental right to be treated with the dignity and respect every child deserves. You will not only bring positive change to the lives of these vulnerable children, but also their children and generations to come. And in doing so, you will enrich your life as well.
What Do Advocates Do?
Advocates listen first. Then they act.
Advocates are appointed by judges to advocate for the best
interests of abused and neglected children in court and other settings.
Advocates get to know the child by spending time with the child and talking with the important people in that child's life: relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and others. They use the information they gather to inform judges and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them.
Who Can Be a Advocate?
No special background or education is required to become an Advocate. We welcome people from all walks of life. We are simply looking for people who have a heart for disadvantaged children and a passion to help make a change. Once accepted into the program, you will receive all necessary training in courtroom procedures, social services, the juvenile justice system and the special needs of abused and neglected children. As a volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and well supported by professional staff to help you through each case. Requirements include: minimum age of 21 years old, willingness to complete necessary background checks, provide references and participate in an interview, complete a minimum of 30 hours of pre-service training, be available for court appearances with advance notice, and willingness to commit to the CASA program until your first case is closed.
How much time does it take to be a Advocate?
All Advocates must complete a 30-hour pre-service training. The time commitment to a case varies depending upon the stage of the case. Volunteers sometimes say that there is a greater amount of work in the beginning of the case, when they are conducting their initial research. On average, you can expect to spend approximately 10-12 hours a month on a case.
How do I become a Advocate?
Call the CASA office at (559) 587-9908 or email us at email@example.com.