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HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE TO BE A CASA VOLUNTEER?
All volunteers must complete a 40-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 12-15 hours a month on a case.
DO I NEED TO MAKE A LONG-TERM COMMITMENT TO THE PROGRAM?
You are asked to dedicate yourself to a case until it is closed. The average case lasts about two years, so a two year commitment is required.
DO I NEED TO HAVE ANY SPECIAL SKILLS OR MEET ANY REQUIREMENTS?

No special background or education is required to become a CASA volunteer. We encourage people from all cultures and professions, and of all ethnic and educational backgrounds. 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.

Requirements include:

  • Be 21 years old
  • Be willing to complete necessary background checks, provide references and participate in an interview
  • Complete a minimum of 40 hours of pre-service training
  • Be available for court appearances, with advance notice
EXACTLY WHAT DOES A CASA VOLUNTEER DO?

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court and other settings. The primary responsibilities of a CASA volunteer are to:

  • Establish a relationship: Meet with the child on a weekly basis to establish a positive relationship.
  • Gather information: Review documents and records, interview the children, family members and professionals in their lives.
  • Document findings: Provide written reports at court hearings.
  • Appear in court: Advocate for the child’s best interests and provide testimony when necessary.
  • Explain what is going on: Help the child understand the court proceedings.
  • “Be the glue”: Seek cooperative solutions among individuals and organizations involved in the children’s lives. As one volunteer said: Be the glue that connects the pieces in a complicated child welfare system.
  • Recommend services: Ensure that the children and their family are receiving appropriate services and advocate for those that are not immediately available. Bring concerns about the child’s health, education, mental health, etc. to the appropriate professionals.
  • Monitor case plans and court orders: Check to see that plans are being followed and mandated review hearings are being held.
  • Keep the court informed:  Update the court on developments with agencies and family members. Ensure that appropriate motions are filed on behalf of the child so the court knows about any changes in the child’s situation.
WHAT SORT OF SUPPORT WILL I RECEIVE?

You will be supported every step of the way. You will have opportunities for continuing education and have access to online and personal resources.

HOW DO I BECOME A CASA VOLUNTEER?

Start by attending a CASA Orientation. See the calendar below for available dates. Click on the date that is best for you for more details. 

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  • Orientation 12pm-1pm
    12:00 -13:00
    2019.10.02

    600 Union Ave, Fairfield, CA 94533

    600 Union Ave, Fairfield, CA 94533

    Orientation Registration

    • Registrant's Information







    • Orientation Information


    • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY

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    Thank you for your inquiry into our program.

    Orientations are conducted the first Wednesday of every month; one from 12:00 – 1:00 pm & the other from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Please call or e-mail if you are interested in attending an orientation, as our space is limited, and on occasion, times and dates may change. You may contact our office at 707-421-2272 or e-mail us at coordinator@casasolano.org.  When we hear from you, we will e-mail you an informational packet.

    Orientation is considered the first step to becoming an CASA Volunteer Advocate. The Orientation session takes no more than an hour & gives you a more detailed insight into what becoming and being an CASA Volunteer Advocate will entail. We prefer all candidates complete an Orientation session before filling out our Application & making a commitment to going forward with Training.”

    As trained advocates, CASA volunteers are appointed by Judges to be a voice for abused and neglected children in court. The result is children are placed into safe, loving homes where they can thrive.

    CASA volunteers are ordinary people who are committed to doing what is best for a child. As a CASA volunteer, you will be able to work with confidence. All our volunteers are thoroughly trained in courtroom procedure, social services, the Juvenile Justice system, and the special needs of abused and neglected children. We welcome volunteers from all cultures, professions, and ethnic and educational backgrounds.

    Download volunteer application by clicking here.

    Diving Directions:
    Traveling from San Francisco-
    ·Hwy 80 E
    ·Take Exit 44B & follow signage to W. Texas
    ·Right onto Union Avenue
    ·Right onto Delaware Street
    ·Right into parking garage

    Traveling from Sacramento-

    ·Hwy 80 W
    ·Exit 44B, merge onto West Texas
    ·Right onto Union Avenue
    ·Right onto Delaware Street
    ·Right into parking garage

    Park on the street or two hour parking available in the parking garage

     

    To register for this orientation date please fill out the form below.

     

  • Orientation 6pm-7pm
    18:00 -19:00
    2019.10.02

    600 Union Ave, Fairfield, CA 94533

    600 Union Ave, Fairfield, CA 94533

    Orientation Registration

    • Registrant's Information







    • Orientation Information


    • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY

    • :

    Thank you for your inquiry into our program.

    Orientations are conducted the first Wednesday of every month; one from 12:00 – 1:00 pm & the other from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Please call or e-mail if you are interested in attending an orientation, as our space is limited, and on occasion, times and dates may change. You may contact our office at 707-421-2272 or e-mail us at coordinator@casasolano.org.  When we hear from you, we will e-mail you an informational packet.

    Orientation is considered the first step to becoming an CASA Volunteer Advocate. The Orientation session takes no more than an hour & gives you a more detailed insight into what becoming and being an CASA Volunteer Advocate will entail. We prefer all candidates complete an Orientation session before filling out our Application & making a commitment to going forward with Training.”

    As trained advocates, CASA volunteers are appointed by Judges to be a voice for abused and neglected children in court. The result is children are placed into safe, loving homes where they can thrive.

    CASA volunteers are ordinary people who are committed to doing what is best for a child. As a CASA volunteer, you will be able to work with confidence. All our volunteers are thoroughly trained in courtroom procedure, social services, the Juvenile Justice system, and the special needs of abused and neglected children. We welcome volunteers from all cultures, professions, and ethnic and educational backgrounds.

    Download volunteer application by clicking here.

    Diving Directions:
    Traveling from San Francisco-
    ·Hwy 80 E
    ·Take Exit 44B & follow signage to W. Texas
    ·Right onto Union Avenue
    ·Right onto Delaware Street
    ·Right into parking garage

    Traveling from Sacramento-

    ·Hwy 80 W
    ·Exit 44B, merge onto West Texas
    ·Right onto Union Avenue
    ·Right onto Delaware Street
    ·Right into parking garage

    Park on the street or two hour parking available in the parking garage

     

    To register for this orientation date please fill out the form below.

     

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