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, 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 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!