How to Become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)!

1.  Attend an Information Session

  • Our virtual info sessions are informal and last no more than one hour.
  • Registration is required.  Find & register for a virtual Zoom meeting that fits your schedule at casaofmonterey.org/calendar, or call 831-222-3907.
  • The meeting will provide a basic history of the CASA organization, inform you how the CASAs support Monterey County’s foster children, the role of the CASA volunteer, as well as review an outline of our volunteer program requirements.
  • These info sessions are a great opportunity for you to bring up any CASA-related questions or concerns you might have.

2.  Apply!

  • An application will be provided after the information session.
3.  Pre-Training Interview
  • Conducted by two CASA staff members, virtually or in person.
  • Personal questions are asked and discussed regarding various potentially sensitive issues, and full disclosure is required at this portion of the screening process.
  • Another great opportunity for you to ask our staff questions and/or address concerns you may have.

4.  Training Session Prerequisites

  • Confirmation of dates for the training provided.
  • Required documents requested:  copy of driver’s license, Social Security card, and current auto insurance declaration page.
  • Enrollment in the DMV Pull program processed.
  • Acceptance into the CASA volunteer program is contingent on security screenings, which include:
    • DOJ
    • FBI
    • CACI
    • Social Security verification
    • National Sex Offender Registry verification

5.  Training Session

You are responsible for attending all training classes.  If you must miss a class due to illness or an emergency, makeup classes must be scheduled in advance with our staff and completed.