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Becoming a CASA Volunteer Advocate

“My journey as a CASA Advocate started out as a way to serve my community but ended in a beautiful friendship. I never thought giving back could be so rewarding. I now find my CASA youth looking toward her future with optimism. She needed one adult to believe in her.”
   - Allison, CASA Volunteer Advocate

If you are considering the commitment of being an Advocate, you will be asked to participate in a comprehensive screening and training process.

  1. Attend an Orientation

    View dates, locations and sign up to attend at

  2. Pre-training Interview with staff at CASA Office in Watsonville

    Fill out CASA’s Volunteer Application Click the links, print the form and fill it out. Bring completed application with you.

  3. Submit Screening Paperwork

    You will receive a welcome email from our volunteer coordinator with training information and instructions.

  4. 35-Hour Advocate Training

    NOTE: You must attend an information session and screening interview before receiving your invitation to join training.

    • CASA offers four trainings per year; typically Feb/March, May/June, August/Sept, Oct/Nov.
    • Trainings span 5 weeks and take place two nights a week from 6-9:00 p.m. at various locations throughout the county.

  5. Dependency Court Observation & Swearing-In

    Takes place on a scheduled Tuesday morning at the Watsonville Courthouse.

  6. Post training interview and Child Matching

    CASA’s professional staff carefully matches each new Advocate with several potential children from which to choose. The new Advocate chooses which child he or she would like to serve.

  7. Judge signs Order of Assignment

  8. Meet Advocate Supervisor & Begin Advocacy

Want more info?    Contact Outreach Coordinator at or (831) 761-2956, ext. 102

Ways to Get Involved

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