Welcome to the Volunteer Page
CASA of Alameda County
How Do I Get Started?
Below you will find what is needed to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Because the Alameda County CASA program must ensure the safety of children, the process for volunteering is thorough and comprehensive. Returning the application is only the first step toward becoming a volunteer.
The following steps are required to become a CASA volunteer in Alameda County:
- Attend an Info Session to learn more! Click for schedule
- Complete an online Volunteer Application or if you prefer, you can Download the Advocate Volunteer Application and submit to us (via mail, email, or scan)
- We will contact you to schedule a 60-90 minute Interview prior to the training you would like to join. Please keep in mind that interviews cut off about a week prior to the start date of training.
- If Accepted, get Fingerprinting done
- Complete the 30 Hour Training (see schedule below)
- Graduate and get Sworn In by a Judge
- Advocacy begins!
What do Court Appointed Special Advocates Do?
CASA volunteers get to know the child and speak to everyone involved in the child’s life including their family members, teachers, attorneys, social workers, therapists, psychiatrists, and others. To effectively advocate, CASA volunteers research the facts of the case, create a plan for advocacy, facilitate a collaborative relationship between all parties on the case, make written recommendations to the court and monitor progress towards established goals. The information they gather and their recommendations help the court make informed decisions.
To read about other ways you get involved go to Other Volunteer Opportunities.
Upcoming Virtual Info Sessions
Are you interested in being a powerful voice in a child’s life?
Please register by clicking the links! Attendance at an Info Session required 1st step.
Can a CASA volunteer really make a difference?
Research studies have shown that the introduction of just one caring adult in the life of an abused child can change the course of that child’s life forever. A court appointed volunteer advocate makes a profound and positive difference for abused and neglected children.
Who are CASA Volunteers?
CASA volunteers are people like you. They are teachers, college students, business people, retirees, stay-at-home parents, etc. They are ordinary people doing extraordinary work. They are people who want to ensure that foster children have their needs met and make certain that the voices of abused and neglected children are heard. You don’t need any special educational background, only the desire to help abused, neglected and abandoned foster children.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at (510) 618-1955. We look forward to meeting you. You can make a difference in the life of a foster child!