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COVID-19 Update:

Prior to COVID-19, advocates had regular, in-person visits with CASA children, parents, teachers, and other adults in the child’s lives. To ensure the safety of our CASAs and the children they serve, information sessions, training, visitations, and court hearings were all moved to a virtual platform, allowing volunteers to do this work from their own homes. Click here for more information about being an advocate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CASA volunteer advocates come from all walks of life. They are compassionate, caring adults who make sure the child’s needs remain a priority during abuse and neglect proceedings in an over-burdened child protection system.
Volunteers spend time getting to know the child or children they are working with and the important adults in that child’s life so they may make qualified, unbiased recommendations to a judge about what they believe to be in the best interests of the child’s future.

What do advocates do?

As a CASA volunteer, you:

  • Spend quality time with the child or children on your case on a monthly basis
  • Speak regularly with parents, relatives, foster parents, social workers, teachers and medical providers
  • Keep an eye out for any unmet needs of the child
  • Write a court report for each hearing, giving the judge the information gathered
  • Attend each court hearing and speak to the judge about the child’s needs
  • Stay with the case until the child is in a safe, permanent home or another permanent solution is in place

What is the time commitment?

Volunteers are expected to meet monthly with the children they work with and regularly with parents, foster parents, and important professionals in the child’s life. Every volunteer is different, but an average time commitment is 10-15 hours a month.

What difference do CASA volunteer advocates make?

This is an opportunity that allows you to have a significant impact on a child’s life and and to see that impact firsthand. Children with CASA advocates are shown to spend less time in foster care and perform better in school than children who don’t have a CASA. As a CASA advocate, you are a constant support in a turbulent time in the child’s life when foster parents, judges and social workers can change at any given time. CASA volunteer advocates describe the role as rewarding and life-changing.

“I became a CASA volunteer thinking I would change the life of  a child or two, and I know that I have. What I never expected was how much they would change mine.” — A CASA Advocate

How do I get started?

Attend an information session

Though it is not required, we invite those who are interested in becoming an advocate to join our Director of Recruitment, Diane Valladares, and a current volunteer advocate for one of our information sessions. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the organization and all of the volunteer opportunities we have, as well as get any of your questions or concerns addressed.


The first step to becoming a CASA advocate is submitting an application. If your application is accepted, you will be invited in for an interview conducted by our staff. We will also complete a thorough criminal background check. 

Attend training

All volunteers receive 40 hours of comprehensive pre-service training. The curriculum is designed to inform volunteers about courtroom procedures, the dynamics of abuse and neglect, available services and effective advocacy techniques. Training sessions are held in a variety of locations around the state. Find out when we are training volunteers in your area.


Read our Volunteer FAQs here. Or for more information about becoming a CASA volunteer, email us or call 1-800-626-0622.

Not Quite Ready to Become a Volunteer Advocate?

Subscribe to our mailing list for potential future volunteers

Volunteering for CASA is incredibly rewarding, but we know that it can take some time before you are ready to make the commitment. If you want to learn more but aren’t ready to apply to become a volunteer advocate just yet, please join our mailing list. We will send periodic emails with answers to frequently asked questions, volunteer profiles and other information so you will be ready to join us as a CASA volunteer advocate when the time is right for you.