The goal of our Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program is to ensure every child in the Humboldt County Dependency Court System (foster care) has a caring, stable adult in their life to mitigate the effects of having experienced abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment.
As an affiliate of California CASA and the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association, and we are responsible for adhering to state and national guidelines when training, recruiting and supporting CASA Volunteers in Humboldt County.
A Responsibility We Take Seriously
CASA Advocates are volunteers. They are not social workers. They are not paid. CASA Advocates are members of our community just like you. They are educators, service workers, retirees, and people who have aged out of foster care. CASA volunteers stay with a child through the entire court process. They represent stability and safety to children in the foster care system, who often have none. CASA Volunteers work with legal and child welfare professionals, educators, service providers and family members to ensure the child’s voice is heard. Their advocacy enables judges to make the most well-informed decision for each child.
It is our job to ensure our CASA Volunteers are the right people for the job and receive the training and support needed to succeed. To become a CASA Volunteer, candidates are required to participate in an interview, pass an extensive background check, attend 30 hours of training and then be sworn in by a judge. Only then are they able to select and get appointed to a case and begin their advocacy.
Want to get involved? Find out more about becoming an advocate.