Make a difference in a child’s life. Become a CASA volunteer.

CASA-NYC volunteers are a diverse group of civic-minded New Yorkers who come together for the unique purpose of working on behalf of New York City’s foster children. Currently more than 125 volunteers bring a variety of professional and educational experience. Many work full-time, while others are students or retired. No legal or social service experience is required, but volunteers must undergo a rigorous screening and application process then successfully complete 30-hours of pre-service training.

Volunteer Advocates must be 21 years of age, and commit to a minimum of one year of service, though most continue to serve much longer. Volunteers are expected to spend approximately five hours a week per case, but should be prepared to spend significantly more time if necessary. Advocates are required to meet with their supervisors - CASA staff members who are licensed social workers and attorneys - at least monthly in person, with phone check-ins as needed. Participation in at least 12 hours of in-service training annually is required.

Read the volunteer Advocate job description here. 

Learn more about how to become a volunteer Advocate here.

See an outline of our 30-hour core training curriculum here. 

Learn more about how to join the Associate Board here.