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Qualities of an Advocate

Qualities:

  • Able to make a minimum of a year commitment to the program and child(ren)
  • Understand and follow the CASA confidentiality policy
  • Respect and relate to people from various backgrounds in a variety of settings
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Gather and accurately record factual information
  • Meet report deadlines and requirements
  • Be objective, open-minded and flexible
  • Act with confidence and courage in advocating for your CASA child(ren)
  • Accept supervision and seek feedback from CASA case supervisors
  • Maintain professional relationships with all community service providers
  • Provide one's own transportation
  • Pass a volunteer screening consisting of a national criminal record check, DMV record check, Child Index Registry check and three (3) letters of recommendation.
Responsibilities:
  • Maintain consistent weekly contact with CASA child (ren)
  • Maintain consistent monthly (or more often as necessary) contact with CASA case supervisor
  • Submit volunteer time card monthly to CASA case supervisor
  • Keep appropriate case notes
  • Complete case reports in a timely manner
  • Complete 10 hours of continuing education yearly

The CASA Volunteer does not engage in the following activities:
  • Taking a child to the home of the advocate
  • Giving legal advice or therapeutic counseling
  • Making placement arrangements
  • Giving large amounts of money or expensive gifts to the child or the family
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are unable to become an advocate, but would still like to help support CASA through volunteer work, there are several other options. Some activities require more time and commitment than others. There are also different screening requirements based on access to confidential information and independent activity of the volunteer. We also have one-time events and short-term projects that you may wish to help with. For more information regarding any of these volunteer roles please contact our volunteer coordinator.

CASA Board: CASA has an active volunteer board of community members and several committees which focus on particular areas of oversight.

Fundraising Team: Fundraising activities include our annual

Office Volunteer: We can always use assistance in the office for basic activities such as filing, shredding, preparing mailings, library organization, etc.

Special Projects: During the year CASA often has special events such as our volunteer picnic, fundraisers and commemorations of child-related holidays.

Other: If you have a special skill or resource that you would like to share with CASA, talk to us about how we can best utilize it. We welcome your support.

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Volunteer Screening
All CASA of Del Norte volunteers, staff, and board members are required to complete an appropriate application, complete an appropriate interview(s), submit Department of Motor Vehicles current print-out; submit proof of insurance; submit Live Scan Fingerprints (FBI, Department of Justice, Child Index Registry and State of California); complete and pass appropriate training; be sworn in as an Advocate.

All these steps are required, none may be omitted, other than the training and swearing in ceremony for those who are Friends of NCICASA Volunteers. However, all the steps above must be completed by Advocates.

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Volunteer Information
How you can make a difference.
Over the past twenty five years, tens of thousands of CASA/GAL volunteers have served hundreds of thousands of abused and neglected children.The volunteer nature of our work is the very foundation on which the CASA program is built and is certainly one of the greatest strengths of our national network.

Volunteers are in fact the heart of what we do for children.

Why volunteers? By the very nature of their “volunteerism” they empower themselves through their commitment of time and energy. Volunteers generally work on only one or two cases at a time and their focus gives them the ability to see and do more on behalf of the child. They stay with the case from beginning to end and serve the program an average of 30 months.

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