Steps to Becoming a CASA Volunteer Advocate

“My journey as a CASA Advocate started out as a way to serve my community but ended in a beautiful friendship. I never thought giving back could be so rewarding. I now find my CASA youth looking toward her future with optimism. She needed one adult to believe in her.”
– Allison, CASA Volunteer Advocate

Path to CASA1

If you are considering the commitment of being an Advocate, you will be asked to participate in a comprehensive screening and training process.

1.  Attend an Information Meeting  Information meetings are about one hour and take place at various times and locations throughout the county.  View dates, locations and sign up to attend by Clicking Here.

2.  Pre-training Interview with staff at CASA Office in Watsonville You will receive the Volunteer Application at your information meeting. Bring completed application with you to your interview.

3. Submit Screening PaperworkYou will receive a welcome email from our Program Assistant with training information and instructions.

4. 35-Hour Advocate Training  NOTE: You must attend an information session and screening interview before receiving your invitation to join training. CASA offers four trainings per year; Click Here to View Current Training Schedule.  Trainings span 5 weeks and take place two nights a week from 6-9:00 p.m. at various locations throughout the county.

5. Dependency Court Observation & Swearing-In
Takes place on a scheduled Tuesday morning at the Watsonville Courthouse.

6. Post training interview and Child Matching
CASA’s professional staff carefully matches each new Advocate with several potential children from which to choose. The new Advocate chooses which child he or she would like to serve.

7. Judge signs Order of Assignment

8. Meet Advocate Supervisor & Begin Advocacy


Want more info?    Contact Outreach and Recruitment Manager at or (831) 761-2956, ext. 102