Become an Advocate

CASA of Fresno and Madera Counties is a voice for abused and neglected foster children in our community.

Take the First Step

Ready to make a difference in the life of a child? Our Information Sessions are your official introduction to CASA and your first step toward becoming an Advocate. During this session, you’ll hear from our staff and volunteers on what goes into your training and what to expect from the experience.

September
Saturday, Sept 7 – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Fresno
Saturday, Sept 14 – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Madera 
Saturday, Sept 21 – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Fresno
Saturday, Sept 28 – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Madera

Click the link below to register or give us a call at (559) 244-6485.

Get More Information

Becoming an Advocate is not something to take lightly. Getting involved with a child and their family is a significant commitment that will have a lifelong impact on you and them. Our children have experienced complex trauama and they need to interact with positive, caring adults in order to build resiliency in their lives. If you are interested, we highly recommend you explore our available information to learn more about volunteer requirements, the application process, the time commitment and more. 

Watch this video to hear from volunteers and the impact they’ve made on children in foster care. Their devotion and continued advocacy impacts children’s lives. Watch to see why CASA needs your support and why children need you to be their voice during difficult times in their lives.

Why become an Advocate?

CASA of Fresno and Madera Counties is a voice for abused and neglected foster children in our community.

Today we have 175 volunteer advocates assisting 225 children. However, there are currently nearly 2,500 foster youth in Fresno and Madera Counties. We need more volunteers to meet the needs of these children.

These children are currently facing…

  • Loneliness
  • Health concerns
  • A lack of stability and coping skills
  • Great risk of falling behind both educationally and developmentally

As adults, they are at greater risk of….

  • Homelessness
  • Poverty
  • Substance abuse
  • Imprisonment
  • Unemployment
  • Perpetuating the cycle of abuse and neglect

CASA Volunteers play a vital role in changing the lives and trajectories of foster youth. They give a voice to our community’s children who need us the most, helping them transition from their experience in foster care to a healthy, successful future.

Children with a CASA volunteer are more likely to

  • Find a permanent, loving home
  • Be connected with supportive services while in the foster care system
  • Perform better academically
  • Form a stronger sense of acceptance, positivity, and achievement

When you become an Advocate, you directly contribute to giving hope and a better life to a child during some of the most turbulent times of their life. Click “Apply Now” to start your online application.