Become a Volunteer
You can help to change the lives of Merced County's abused and neglected children in foster care by becoming a volunteer. CASA volunteers are ordinary people with extraordinary hearts and the desire to make a difference. Advocates must be at least 21 years old and are asked to make an 18 month commitment in order to ensure stability and consistency for the children they serve.
What do CASA Volunteers do?
A CASA volunteer visits with a child on a regular basis, interacts with all professionals involved in the case and makes recommendations directly to the court, ensuring the child's best interests are not overlooked. Volunteers spend an average of 10-15 hours a month on their case.
How do I become an CASA Volunteer?
The first step in becoming a CASA Volunteer is to attend an information session to learn what the responsibilities are and how CASA will support you. You will be asked to complete an application and participate in a pre-training interview. Volunteers are required to submit to a thorough background check, attend 30 hours of classroom instruction, complete 5 hours of dependency courtroom observation and participate in a pre and post-training interview before being sworn in as an Officer of the Court.
Complete the form below or call (209) 722-CASA (2272) for a schedule of upcoming training.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD!