Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do CASA advocates do?
Our volunteers are advocates for foster children. They walk alongside children on their journey through the foster care system.
The advocate communicates with the child’s attorney, social worker, foster parents, teachers, and doctor to ensure the child is receiving the care and support he or she needs.
Advocates write and submit reports to the judge with recommendations on needed improvements to the child’s care.
In many cases, the goal of the advocate is to help the foster child become part of a permanent family.
The advocate provides stability and support for children as they face numerous changes in placement, social workers, schools, and other areas of their lives.
Q: Can I work full time and still be an advocate?
Yes, many of our volunteers hold full-time jobs and still have time to be successful advocates.
Q: How much time does it take to be a volunteer?
Advocates spend approximately 15-20 hours each month, depending on the dynamics of the case.
Q:What are the basic requirements for becoming an advocate?
All advocates must be at least 21 years old and be able to respect and relate to people of diverse backgrounds. Advocates must maintain objectivity and confidentiality with children, families, and court records.
Advocates need effective oral and written communication skills and must be willing to drive to a variety of locations within Fresno and Madera counties. Advocates must pass a criminal records background check and pay a $40 fee for training materials and processing of fingerprints through the California Department of Justice and the FBI. The fee is due before training.
Q: Where do the children live?
The children live in foster homes, group homes, and relatives’ homes throughout Fresno and Madera counties.
Q: Will the judge really listen to my opinion?
Yes, the judge understands that advocates spend time individually with each child and often provide the most current and accurate information to the court. This helps the judge make the best possible decision for the children.
Q: What is the commitment?
Due to the nature of this work and the circumstances of the children we serve, we ask that individuals commit to at least 18 months of service.
If you have any additional questions please contact us.