Our Volunteer Info Sessions provide a chance to learn more about becoming a friend, mentor and advocate to a foster child in need with an informative, interactive presentation. We have the room until 8pm to ensure we have time for questions, but the presentation usually takes about 60 minutes. Our staff and Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are there to answer your questions and schedule you for a first interview after you fill out the application.
Register for an info session today:
Can’t attend the dates listed? Please contact Child Advocates at 408-416-0400 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How much time do CASA volunteers spend with their kids?
About 10-12 hours a month split between 3-4 visits is the average for our volunteers. Around twice a year CASAs submit reports to the court and attend a court hearing regarding the child. In order to ensure stability and constancy for the children we serve, CASAs are asked for a commitment of 12 months with a child. Some cases are shorter, some are longer.
Is there a waitlist?
Yes -- we have about 150 children waiting for a CASA. We serve everyone from day-old babies to people in their early 20s, children who are LGBTQ and straight; Latinx, Asian American, Bi-Racial, African American, and White; able-bodied and with special needs; boys and girls, young women and men who call San Jose, Santa Clara, Gilroy, and a dozen other cities home; they're all waiting for an advocate to help them in their journey.
Do I choose my advocate child?
Yes. Our staff will get to know what age, gender, and interests you prefer and then you'll sit down, read the children’s profiles, and choose a child.
Who can be a CASA volunteer?
Our volunteers are dedicated, trustworthy and compassionate people who are willing to serve as officers of the court and mentor a foster child in Santa Clara County. No special skills are required to be a CASA, but each CASA must have the desire and commitment to mentor an abused or neglected child. CASAs must be 21 years or older and pass a background check.
Once I'm assigned a child, where do I go for help with their case?
Our CASA specialists and mentors are trained professionals with experience in everything from special education support to addressing domestic violence to mental health evaluation. Your support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
How do I get started?
Attend a Volunteer Info Session (dates and times above; email email@example.com if none of them work for you).