Since our program began in September 2010, we have conducted 20 training sessions and currently have 99 volunteers. These volunteers have completed more than 40 hours of training and have been sworn in as Officers of the Court. They are assigned to work with children/youth who are in foster care in Merced County. We serve over 150 youth each year, but there are many still waiting to be assigned a CASA.
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.
How do I become a 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 10 hours of dependency courtroom observation and participate in a post-training interview before being sworn in as an Officer of the Court.
Call 209 722-CASA (2272) for a schedule of upcoming training.