Become an Advocate for Foster Youth
Date Posted : 2012-05-18
Group : Volunteers
The foster care system is incredibly overwhelmed. Even with the best of intentions, social workers simply can't spend enough time on each case and with each child to realy know what they want and need. This is where a CASA Volunteer steps in.
After succesfully completing the SFCASA Training Program, being sworn in as an Officer of the Court, and being assigned to one child's case; a CASA volunteer spends time once a week with the child, gets to know them, finds out what they need and want, and makes sure that their voice is heard both in and out of the court room. Having a CASA on a case ensures the child does not fall through the cracks in the system.
CASA volunteers are required to complete a 40-hour training and once assigned to a case, commit to serving as a CASA 2-4 hours per week for 18 months. CASA's involvement impacts the child for a lifetime and for generations to come. Children with a CASA benefit in countless ways: they are more likely to be placed in a safe, permanent home, they are more likely to recieve better services, and they more likely to have fewer placement changes.
Today SFCASA has more than 329 volunteers and in the last year has provided services to 334 court dependent children. On any given day, our waiting list consists of 130--160 children refered to SFCASA by the court and awaiting assignment to volunteers.
Help us give every child in the foster system the voice they deserve.