ARE YOU READY TO BECOME A CASA VOLUNTEER?
All CASA volunteers must be age 21 or older. To be considered for our training program, prospective volunteers must:
- Attend a one-hour Orientation to determine if this program is right for you,
- Complete an application, and
- Complete a screening interview.
INITIAL TRAINING PROCESS
After successful completion of the first screening interview, the CASA trainee completes 30 hours of training two evenings a week over a five-week period. During this time period CASA volunteers are asked to pass a Live Scan fingerprint background check. Specialized training is provided by CASA staff, child welfare professionals, CASA volunteers and former CASA youth. Topics covered include an overview of the child welfare system, the impact of trauma on child development, educational advocacy and other topics.
ASSIGNMENT TO A CHILD
When all the mandatory training and screening requirements are complete, the new CASA volunteer meets with their supervisor for a final screening interview. Once a child is selected, the CASA volunteer begins to establish contact with the child and the adults in the child's life.
ONGOING EDUCATION/IN SERVICE TRAINING
CASA of San Mateo County provides monthly training and networking opportunities and publishes a newsletter with articles, webinars, podcasts, reports and trainings relevant to helping children involved in the child welfare system.