August 15th Info Session: Become an Alameda County CASA Volunteer!
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Alameda County CASA
A few hours per week
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
1000 San Leandro Boulevard
Are you interested in being a powerful voice in a child's life?
Come to an Informational Session to learn if being a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer is right for you.
Alameda County is home to the largest number (approximately 1,270) of foster children in the San Francisco Bay Area. Most of these children have faced childhood abuse, neglect or abandonment, sometimes followed by years of instability as they are moved from one foster care placement to another. High child welfare worker caseloads and frequent case reassignments result in little time to develop relationships. Not only do child welfare workers change but children often lack continuity among other professionals, including caregivers, attorneys, teachers, therapists, psychiatrists, judges/commissioners, and even their friends.
A CASA volunteer serves as a wholly independent voice exclusively of the child/youth ensuring that all professionals involved in the case have up to date information and are completing tasks in a timely manner. They advocate for sibling visitation, educational support, extracurricular activities, health, mental health services, and more. Each volunteer is required to complete an extensive screening process, as well as 30-hour training before taking on a case. CASA volunteers spend a minimum of 10 hours per month meeting with the youth and working on his/her case. We ask volunteers to make a minimum commitment of one year, though many volunteers maintain relationships for years, becoming lifelong permanent connections.
- Training Provided
How To Apply
REGISTER HERE to learn more at an informational session!
After you attend an info session and submit an application HERE you will interview with a Case Supervisor and be admitted to a 30 hour trianing session. At the end of training you are sworn in by a judge and assigned a child in the juvenile dependency system to advocate for!
Jacqueline España, MPH
Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator