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CASA Volunteer Application

General Requirements

Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. Each CASA must demonstrate the desire and willingness and ability to help a child, make at least one year commitment, attend CASA training sessions, successfully complete a CASA background screening, receive supervision, work effectively alongside other “system” professionals, and report to the Court.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT COMPLIANCE INFORMATION: To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and
other applicable laws insuring equal opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, reasonable accommodations are made
for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability unless an undue hardship, direct
threat to health and safety or other job related consideration exists.

CASA of San Luis Obispo County, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law, does not discriminate on the basis of
ancestry, race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and/or
related medical conditions), age, national origin, disability (physical and mental), military or veteran status, marital status, sexual
orientation, pregnancy, HIV/AIDS status, request for FMLA, or any other status protected by law. CASA of San Luis Obispo County
also prohibits sexual harassment.

Reasons for Being Declined as a CASA Volunteer

1) ARREST AND/OR CONVICTIONS FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CRIMES:
a) Crimes against a child
b) Felonies
c) Any sex crimes
d) Drug/substance (DUI/DWI) violations
Arrests without convictions are subject to thorough review by Agency staff and approval by the Judge.
CASA of San Luis Obispo County reserves the right to refuse applicants that have a confirmed DUI conviction
CASA of Sam Luis Obispo County does not accept applicants that have experienced a felony DUI conviction

2) UNDERGOING PROSECUTION AT TIME OF APPLICATION:
With the exception of vehicle code misdemeanors, denial is automatic.

3) CONVICTED OF A CRIME WITHIN FIVE YEARS BEFORE APPLYING TO BE A CASA: With the exception of vehicle code infractions, denial is automatic.

4) MOTOR VEHICLE CODE VIOLATIONS (using DMV point system): a) Drivers with any 2-point violations on their current record and/or: b) Drivers with a 3-point total of violations on their current records.

5) ACTS PUNISHABLE AS A CRIME, ARRESTS AND/OR CONVICTIONS OTHER THAN SPECIFIED ABOVE:
The CASA Program Staff may or may not exclude applicants after consideration of factors including but limited to the following as evidence of good character and rehabilitation:
a) The nature of the crime.
b) Period of time since the crime was committed and number of offenses.
c) Circumstances surrounding the commission of the crime that would demonstrate the unlikelihood of repetition.
d) Activities since conviction, including employment or participation in therapy or education, that would indicate changed behavior.
e) Granting by the Governor of the full and unconditional pardon.
f) Character references.
g) A certificate of rehabilitation from a Superior Court.
h) A “Finding of Factual Innocence” as described in Penal Code Section 851.8

6) CPS INVOLVEMENT IN FAMILY:
a) Parent of a child who is or has been an adjudicated dependent or has been placed under informal supervision of any county’s children’s social services agency.
b) Spouse or significant other of a parent of a child who is or has been adjudicated a dependent or has been placed under informal supervision of any county children’s social service agency; and/or
c) Adult whose acts have been responsible for a child being adjudicated a dependent or placed under informal supervision of any county children’s social services. Automatic denial.
d) A relative who is seeking or has been given custody and care of minor(s) with an active case in the Juvenile Court System.

7) CHILD, PARENT, SPOUSE, HOUSEHOLD MEMBER OR SIGNIFICANT OTHER OF PAREN OF CHILD WHO HAS BEEN THE SUBJECT OF A CPS REPORT:
The CASA Program Staff may or may not exclude applicants after consideration of factors including but not limited to the following as evidence of good character and rehabilitation:
a) The nature of the report(s).
b) The period of time since reports(s) filed.
c) Number of reports.
d) Circumstances surrounding the reports.

8) PERSONS PROVIDING SERVICES TO CHILDREN AND/OR THEIR PARENTS WITHIN THE CHILD WELFARE AND/OR JUVENILE COURT SYSTEM: Denial subject to staff review of conflict of interest.