Become an Advocate

Advocates are caring volunteers who are committed to providing a voice for the most vulnerable youth in our community: foster children. The role of the volunteer advocate is to ensure the child’s safety and well-being, as well as the physical, emotional, and educational needs are met during one of the most difficult times in their lives.

The Process

Inquiry & Application

  • Contact for more information, we are more than happy to meet with you to discuss the program and answer any questions you may have
  • Visit the FAQs page for additional information, or click for an overview of the program
  • Download an application here
  • Completed applications may be emailed to  Esther Curtice, Executive Director, at esther@casasanbenito.org, mailed to the CASA office, located at 829 San Benito Street, Suite 200, Hollister, CA 95023, or faxed to 831-637-5278.

 

 

Interview & Screening

  • When your application has been received, we will contact you to schedule an interview
  • Interviews are more personal in nature, and designed to ensure the program is a mutual fit for both the potential advocate and organization
  • Please note, CASA is required to complete background and reference checks for all potential volunteers

 

 

Training

  • Training sessions are general held twice a year, with classes being held in the evenings, twice a week for 5 weeks.
  • Training is neither pass or fail, rather, designed to equip volunteers with a thorough understanding of the juvenile dependency system, as well as provide them with the tools and resources to support them in their advocacy work

 

 

 

Court Observation & Oath

  • Upon the completion of training, volunteers will observe an afternoon of juvenile dependency proceedings
  • At that time, volunteers will also take an oath and be sworn in as officers of the court

 

 

 

 

Case Review & Assignment

  • After volunteers have completed training and taken their oath, they will have the opportunity to read 1 – 2 case files, based on their preferences provided during training.
  • Ultimately, the advocate will be able to choose the case they are assigned to
  • Once you have selected a case, your Advocate Supervisor will arrange an introduction
  • After you have you have been assigned, you will continue to be supported in your advocacy work in a number of ways; please see the FAQs page for more information

 

 

Interested in taking the next steps to becoming an advocate? Contact us today at 831-637-4992!