Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer Advocate for CASA-NYC!
CASA advocates are asked to serve for a minimum of one year or until a case is completed, but most of our volunteers stay with us much longer. CASA Advocates are expected to spend on average 3-5 hours a week on each case. More involved cases may require a more significant time commitment.
Please read a bit about our process and expectations below. Afterwards, if you have questions or are interested in discussing the commitment with our Volunteer Coordinator, please contact Lizaura German at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-918-4753.
To apply to become an Advocate:
- Click here for our online application. In addition to completing the application form, we require the following:
- Three references
- Statement about why you want to be a CASA advocate
- After your application has been reviewed by our Volunteer Coordinator, you will be notified about whether you will be invited to a group interview. CASA-NYC is fortunate that so many New Yorkers are interested in serving as advocates. This means that not everyone who applies is accepted. Group interviews are an opportunity for you to learn more about being a CASA advocate and for our staff to learn more about you. Group interviews are typically scheduled in several sessions on a quarterly basis, and may be followed by one-on-one interviews in person or by telephone.
- After interviews, applications are rated based on qualifications of applicants and best match with our current needs in terms of language, borough of preference, areas of expertise and interest, strength of references, and other factors.
- Applicants who are selected to attend training will be notified of the next available core training session. The required core training is 30 hours, usually spread out between 2-4 weeks. Training sessions may take place during the day or evenings and weekends to accommodate different schedules. Training take place in our Wall Street office or a midtown Manhattan location. If your schedule does not permit you to attend the next training session, you may be put on a list for the next training session which may better suit your schedule.
- CASA staff continue to assess volunteers during the training process to ensure they will be a good fit for the CASA role. During the training process CASA advocates must clear criminal background checks, state central registry clearance and sex offender registry checks.
- Once core training is complete, volunteers are assigned to a supervisor in a borough office based on a combination of the volunteer's preference and CASA's need. After observing several court appearances and reviewing CASA's Advocate Manual in-depth with their supervisor, volunteers are ready to take the oath of confidentiality and be sworn in by a Family Court Judge.
- Volunteers interested in specializing in working with older youth aging out of the foster care system may participate in our additional 8-hour Youth Transitioning from Care Core-Plus training.