How is CASA different from the Placer Mentor Program?
CASAs provide a voice for a child through court advocacy. CASA volunteers are officers of the court and are matched with a child to develop a supportive relationship. CASAs are actively involved in the legal aspect of these children’s lives, they have access to confidential information regarding the child, they attend court with the child, they interview persons involved in the care of the child, and they write court reports with recommendations to the judge. Time spent together is for the benefit of the child and is vital to help the CASA develop an understanding of the child’s particular needs.
I have a busy schedule. Can I do this and work full time? Are the hours flexible?
The hours a volunteer spends with the child are flexible but we request you spend a minimum of 6 – 8 hours per month. It is up to you to set a time with the child and the caretaker that will work for all of you.
Is any experience necessary?
No specific experience is necessary. The training will provide you with needed information to help you succeed.