Become a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). CASAs provide individual advocacy for children in foster care who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. The goal is to help ensure that children receive all the services they need and to recommend to the court the best outcome for each child—a safe, loving, permanent home.
CASA volunteers come from all walks of life, backgrounds and professions, and are all ages. No legal or social work background is necessary to volunteer. The only requirement is a big heart and the willingness to be a voice for a child. Thirty hours of training is provided before the advocate’s work begins, and ongoing staff support and continued trainings occur along the way. Trainings are a combination of self-guided learning and online training classes. The advocates are asked to give 7-10 hours a month for one year of service, though many times the volunteers desire to continue for longer periods of time.
Commitment: The typical time commitment is seven to ten hours per month which includes seeing the child at least once a month.
Location: Baltimore County
Restrictions: Volunteers must be at least 21 years old.
*Background check and fingerprinting required