“As a CASA we often don’t know what kind of difference we are making in a child’s life. The day my CASA child reached over and grabbed my hand while we were in court and said “I’m so glad you are here” made me realize how meaningful my role is. As a CASA you will make an impact on a child’s life – whether it is for a lifetime, or on a specific day. This is why I am a CASA.” – Sonja, CASA Volunteer
Ready to start the journey and become an advocate?
- You must be at least 21 years old
- You must be able to pass a background check, confidential interview and successfully complete training
- You must live in Inyo or Mono Counties. If you are from another county or jurisdiction, please visit National CASA Website to find a program in your area.
Looking for more information?
Becoming an Advocate is not something to take lightly. Getting involved with a child and their family is a significant commitment that will have a lifelong impact on you and them. Our children have experienced complex trauma and they need to interact with positive, caring adults in order to build resiliency in their lives. If you are interested, we highly recommend you explore our available information to learn more about volunteer requirements, the application process and time commitment.
Benefits of being a CASA:
Although we cannot provide monetary rewards, there are many benefits to volunteering as a CASA. These include the opportunity to:
- Make a difference in the life and future of a child who has been a victim of abuse and/or neglect.
- Help a child/children find permanency in a safe, loving home.
- Assist judges in obtaining a clear picture of a child’s life and needs.
- Gain an understanding of the courts, legal proceedings, and social services agencies.
- Develop/utilize communication skills.
- Develop/utilize assertiveness.
- Utilize pertinent past experiences and skills.
- Form friendships with like-minded people in your community.
- Have access to resources and trainings on a multitude of topics ranging from Brain Development to Resiliency to Parenting/Mentoring.
CASA Volunteers play a vital role in changing the lives and trajectories of foster youth. They give a voice to our community’s children who need us the most, helping them transition from their experience in foster care to a healthy, successful future.