Why Volunteer?

Change a Child's Story

Step forward to help a child who needs a voice in SLO County. CASA Volunteers, are officers of the court, who objectively represent a child’s best interest.

Listen to this informational video to learn more about what it means to be a CASA

Who Can Be an Advocate?

Can you be a CASA volunteer? All it really takes is a caring heart.

What more do you need? Well, specifically, be 21 years old, complete the training we provide, attend a swearing in with the judge, then spend about an hour or two a week visiting your assigned child. Twice a year the court needs a report (which your assigned supervisor will happily help you with) based upon your observations. On any given day, our county has about 500 children under court supervision. Each one desperately needs a dedicated, caring adult to be a consistent presence in their life and speak for their best interests to their school and the court.

What exactly does a CASA volunteer advocate do?

The largest part of every Advocate’s responsibility is to get to know their assigned child, typically through weekly visits. Your ultimate goal is to get to know your assigned child and thereby help the child find permanency where they can thrive. The CASA volunteer learns the details of the child’s life by reviewing records, researching information, and talking to everyone involved in the child’s life–social workers, attorneys, judges, parents, teachers, and family members. Based on what is learned by researching, and knowing, the child, the CASA volunteer makes recommendations to the court that help the judge decide the best permanent home.

Why does the Advocate do this?

Because no one else is specifically focused on the exact needs of this one child. The court has determined the parents’ neglect, the Social Worker has many other cases to monitor, and foster parents are not charged with this responsibility. Plus, all of these people may change! As a CASA volunteer advocate, you may well be the only consistent person in this child’s life, the only person who represents to the system what the child needs, and what is best for the child.

A child in the court’s care is frightened, removed from all they know, and often changes residences repeatedly. For these children, a CASA volunteer may be the only constant during this frightening, uncertain time. Few volunteer roles have such a critical and immediate impact on the life of a child as that of a CASA volunteer advocate!

Real life example:  of how many people one San Luis Obispo child reported to during just two months (there were more before CASA was assigned).

What is Involved

Steps to becoming a CASA volunteer advocate


We recommend listening to our short informational video

CASA of San Luis Obispo County’s short informational video describes the volunteer program and the process to become a volunteer advocate. You will learn more about CASA, the volunteer role and the training program. To sign up for an information session, see the calendar of dates available below. If you still have questions, see our FAQ page here. Before you fill out an application, you will need to attend an Information Session. Please click “Session Calendar” to see available dates.


Submit an application

After you attend an information session, fill out the online application by clicking the button below. Once your application is submitted, we will contact you for a personal interview. We also conduct complete background checks on all volunteers.


Volunteer Training

After successfully passing the interview, CASA will provide training required in order to be sworn in as a CASA volunteer. Currently all training’s are held virtually. You will need to complete all 36 hours of training prior to being sworn in and pass all background screening. 


Swearing In


Case Assignment


Meet Child



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"I volunteer at CASA because all children are deserving of love and safety." -Kelly
"I volunteer because our children can have better lives." -Jeri
"I volunteer because kids need a voice in a complicated system."