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Steps to Become a CASA

Become a CASA

“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


  • Step one: Attend an Information Meeting

    Information meetings are about one hour and take place at various times and locations throughout the county. Currently, all Information Meetings are being done remetely via Zoom. View datess and sign up to attend by Clicking Here.

  • Step Two: Pre-training Interview with staff

    You will receive the Volunteer Application at your information meeting. Currently, all pre-training interviews are being done remotely via Zoom. You will meet virtually with two of our CASA staff members and share insight about who you are.

  • Step Three: Submit Screening Paperwork

    You will receive a welcome email from our Program Assistant with training information and instructions.

  • Step Four: 35-Hour Advocate Training

    Training is being done remotely via Zoom at this time. Please let us know during the interview process if you would rather wait until we have in-person training again.
    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 take place at various locations throughout the county.

  • Step Five: Advocate Graduation

    Includes Dependency Court Observation & Swearing-In. This takes place on a scheduled Tuesday morning at the Watsonville Courthouse.

  • Step Six: Post training interview and Child Matching

    CASA’s professional staff offers each new Advocate several potential children from which to choose. The new Advocate is matched with a child/youth he or she would like to serve.

  • Step Seven: Judge signs Order of Assignment
  • Step Eight: Meet Advocate Supervisor & Begin Advocacy

Want more info? Call our Outreach & Recruitment Manager, Clarita Cortes at (831) 761-2956 Ext. 102 or email at clarita@casaofsantacruz.org

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