Child Advocates of Silicon Valley

What is the Application Timeline?

Sample Timeline

March 2nd: Roberto sees a Facebook post about an upcoming Volunteer Info Session and decides to attend.
March 5th: Roberto fills out an application and schedules and interview (sample application)
March 15th: Roberto takes a long lunch to come into the Milpitas HQ for an interview.
April 4th: Roberto begins training, Tue and Thu from 6-9pm in the Milpitas HQ with 40 other trainees. He turns in his references, signs-up for his court visit, and pays the $55 background-check co-pay on Day 1.
April 8th: Roberto comes into the HQ on a Saturday for a half-day group training with a juvenile dependency court judge.
May 2nd: Roberto graduates with his class and enjoys the potluck.
May 4th: Roberto comes into the Milpitas HQ for his second interview.
May 14th: Roberto comes into the office to review foster youth profiles. He selects Johnny’s profile.
June 2nd: Roberto meets with Johnny for the first time at his foster home. They play catch in the yard and agree to see each other the next weekend.

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Below is the 4-step process to becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate. On the right is a sample timeline:

Step 1: CASA Volunteer Registration

Step 2: First Interview

  • You must have your interview before you begin training (More on the interview here).

  • The interview will take place at the Child Advocates office in Milpitas and run for 1.5 hours.

Step 3: Training, Background Check, Reference Letters, and Fingerprints

  • Background Check Fee: A co-pay of $55.00 is due by the first day of training to cover background check (DMV, DOJ, FBI, CACI, SSN).

  • Provide a copy of driver’s license and proof of auto insurance.

  • References: We require 3 reference letters from non-family members.

    • You will receive reference letter forms to give to your references.

    • Reference letters must be sent to our office by the recommender, either by fax, mail or email. ? Fingerprints

    • You will receive fingerprinting information once you have been approved for training. Please complete your fingerprinting as soon as possible so as to not delay your graduation.

  • 10 Training Sessions (More on the trainings here)

    • Every session is formatted to give you valuable information on interacting with your CASA child and child dependency system.

    • If you must miss a session, sessions may be made up by reviewing our videos, supplemental material and submitting a one page summary of key learnings to the Volunteer Coordinator.

  • Court Visit

    • Required 3 hour observation of Juvenile Dependency Court proceedings.

    • Sign-ups for court tours are available the first night of training.

Step 4: Post-Graduation - Second Interview

  • After you have completed your training requirements and are sworn in as an Officer of the Court by the judge, you will have a second interview.

  • Your CASA Mentor will call you to schedule the interview.

  • After completing this interview and your final acceptance into the program, you will review case files (More on that process here). Once you choose your case, you will receive a court order, and then will be ready to start your journey as a CASA.

Once you become a CASA, you are required to complete a minimum of 12 hours per year of continuing education, an average of one hour per month. We offer several options to fulfill this requirement through workshops, discussion groups, videos, books etc.