Position: Essential History Program Consultant (Contract)


About CASA of Los Angeles
CASA of Los Angeles’ mission is to mobilize community volunteers to advocate for children who have experienced abuse and neglect. These committed, highly-trained volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are assigned by a judge to a foster child in Los Angeles County’s Dependency Court system to advocate for the best interests of the child, in court and all aspects of the child’s life, where the support of a responsible adult can make a positive difference. Foster children paired with a CASA spend fewer years in care, are more likely to be adopted, and have a better chance of academic success.


About the CASA Essential History Program
Los Angeles County has the largest child welfare population in the United States, with over 30,000 young people currently under the care of the dependency court. With this volume, professionals in this system are often overwhelmed. Social workers have caseloads of upwards of 20 clients, children’s attorneys manage around 220 clients, and judges may see 1,000 children in their courts.
Given this volume, these professionals are often asked to make complex decisions about a child/youth’s placement, treatment plans and other service needs using information that is gleaned from the immediate circumstances, behaviors and emotional reactions of the young person.
The Essential History Program seeks to help social workers, attorneys and judges make trauma-informed decisions about the young people they work with by providing a summary, essential history, of a young person’s experiences in key life areas. This information will be made available to the court file, allowing professionals to make more informed decisions about the young people in their care.
CASA of Los Angeles (CASA/LA) is uniquely positioned to lead this project. CASA/LA’s focus on intensive and individualized advocacy has led to improved outcomes for the young people in its care. CASA volunteers are trained, supported and dedicated to providing trauma-informed advocacy. With the Essential History Project, CASA/LA is able to significantly expand these advocacy efforts.


Project Activities

The consultant will support development of program infrastructure and assist in the program’s launch. The consultant will assist in creating documentation, training, and recruitment materials.

As part of this project, the consultant will be expected to:

  1. Provide input on current project plan.
  2. Collaborate with director of research and evaluation to develop program infrastructure in Efforts to Outcomes database.
  3. Develop internal CASA forms, template and documentation including, but not limited to:
    a. Essential History Report Template
    b. Templates/forms to assist CASA volunteer in file review process
    c. Court documents needed for CASA appointment
    d. Sample essential history report.
  4. Develop training plan and curriculum for CASAs and CASA staff.
  5. Collaborate with director of advocacy to draft project policy and procedure.
  6. Develop marketing materials for recruitment of CASA volunteers.
  7. With director of advocacy, review sample essential history reports completed by CASA volunteers and/or CASA staff and provide feedback.


Project Deliverables

At the end of the project, the following deliverables will be expected:

  1. Forms, templates and any additional documentation needed for essential history program.
  2. Training curriculum and materials.
  3. At least one sample essential history report.
  4. Materials for recruitment of volunteers who will specialize in essential history reporting.


Project Support

CASA of Los Angeles will provide the following support and information to the selected consultant:

  1. Regular communication to facilitate progress towards deliverables.
  2. Access to shared documents, Efforts to Outcomes database and other needed CASA resources.



  • Must have experience in program development, non-profit preferred
  • Preferred background in social work, mental health, trauma, or related field.
  • Must be organized and detail-oriented.
  • Must be able to create a curriculum, training documents, and materials delivered within the timeframe provided.
  • Must be able to pass a background check and LiveScan.


The estimated timeline for this project is 60 hours of work over a 6-week period, with deliverables due no later than 6-28-19. Total fees shall not exceed $7500.

To apply:
Submit a resume, contact information and cover letter that describes your expertise, qualifications and interest in the CASA/LA essential history program. Please submit to careers@casala.org.