As a volunteer advocate you’ve got a tremendous responsibility.
You have the opportunity to dramatically improve the life of a child. Judges respect your work and the recommendations you supply in court. According to a 2005 nation-wide survey of judges, approximately 97% agreed that children and families are better served because of CASA involvement. They also recognized that the CASA provided information that was beneficial to their decision-making.
Created in the spirit of collaboration, our organization provides a means for CASA programs and volunteers to share best practices and resources for advocacy. As you spend time getting to know your child and her needs, you’ll realize how much your child is counting on you to help her navigate the system. From learning about educational advocacy to working with social workers, we’ve compiled some resources to help CASA volunteers advocate for their youth.
Studies have found several barriers that may prevent foster children from succeeding in school, including multiple school changes; inconsistency; lack of communication; and delays in enrollment, among others. We do know, that education has been a lifeline for some youth in care. In this section, we have provided information from educational rights to special education.
CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as officers of the court. Appointed by judges, CASA volunteers focus exclusively upon the child’s best interest, through one-on-one advocacy. The goal of this page is to provide information, to maximize the unique abilities of the advocate.
Health and Wellness
The frequent placement changes and lack of permanent support faced by foster youth contributes to feelings of anxiety and social instability. These factors affect education and occupational success and can lead to long term medical problems. This page is designated to help foster youth and the adults in their lives understand what their youth may be experiencing.
Emancipating foster youth who transitioning into adulthood, often exit the foster care system without any connection to an adult, family members or community. While youth can remain in foster care until they are 21 years old, many former foster youth face significant challenges later in life. CASA is committed to creating permanent connections for our former youth in foster care.
Webinars and Trainings
Like other non-profits, California CASA plans and implements various trainings and webinars for CASA staff and volunteers throughout the year. Our goal is to ensure the effective and efficient utilization of resources by staff and volunteers statewide. Ultimately, our hope is that these efforts will inform and improve the advocacy CASA volunteers deliver to foster youth.
Research & Outcomes
Continuing Education: Reading List