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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



Information Sessions & Next Steps

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

  • The first step is to attend an Information Session. Staff will guide you through the experience of a child in foster care and share the role you can offer as an Advocate. You will also hear about the challenges, joys and experiences from the perspective of a current Advocate.
  • Fill out CASA’s Volunteer Application in MS Word (Right-click (control-click on a Mac) the link and choose “Save Link As...” to save the document to your computer). You will bring this to your interview along with a paragraph about why you’d like to become an Advocate.
    • Click here for the Advocate Job Description.
  • After completing the interview, a candidate moving forward will be invited to attend CASA’s comprehensive 35-hour training. The screening process continues throughout training.
  • Each trainee receives the exemplary training, tools, and supervision that make being a CASA Advocate such a rewarding experience. CASA’s professional staff carefully matches each new Advocate with several potential children from which to choose. The new Advocate reads each child’s case and decides which child he or she would like to serve.
  • CASA offers four trainings per year; 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.

Orientation Schedules:

  • 2nd Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in Capitola
  • 3rd Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in Watsonville
  • 3rd Thursdays, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in Santa Cruz
  • 3rd Fridays, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in Aptos


E-mail: Cita@casaofsantacruz.org
You can RSVP online at www.tinyurl.com/CASAorientation
or call (831) 761-2956, ext. 102
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See also our Home Page for recent updates.



2013 Volunteer Advocate Trainings:

Next volunteer trainings will be:
  • Jan 30 – March 4 (T/Th) at the County Office of Education in Santa Cruz.
  • May 1 – June 4 at St. Andrews Church, Aptos: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9pm
  • August 11 – September 17 (M/W) at United Way in Capitola
  • October 23 – December 2 (T/Th) at United Way in Capitola

Note: You must attend an information session (see schedule above) and screening interview before joining training.

See also our Home Page for recent updates.
Contact Cita, Cita@casaofsantacruz.org to RSVP and for location details.

Ways to Get Involved

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