Change a Child's Story
Step forward to help a child who needs a voice in SLO County. CASA Volunteers, are officers of the court, who objectively represent a child’s best interest.
Who Can Be an Advocate?
Can you be a CASA volunteer? All it really takes is a caring heart.
What exactly does a CASA volunteer advocate do?
The largest part of every Advocate’s responsibility is to get to know their assigned child, typically through weekly visits. Your ultimate goal is to get to know your assigned child and thereby help the child find permanency where they can thrive. The CASA volunteer learns the details of the child’s life by reviewing records, researching information, and talking to everyone involved in the child’s life–social workers, attorneys, judges, parents, teachers, and family members. Based on what is learned by researching, and knowing, the child, the CASA volunteer makes recommendations to the court that help the judge decide the best permanent home.
Why does the Advocate do this?
A child in the court’s care is frightened, removed from all they know, and often changes residences repeatedly. For these children, a CASA volunteer may be the only constant during this frightening, uncertain time. Few volunteer roles have such a critical and immediate impact on the life of a child as that of a CASA volunteer advocate!
Real life example: of how many people one San Luis Obispo child reported to during just two months (there were more before CASA was assigned).