Thank you for your interest in becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate with CASA of Los Angeles! This application will help us assess your eligibility to serve as a volunteer and is a part of the mutual screening process. The information you provide is for internal use only. Your responses will only be used to determine your suitability to serve as a CASA volunteer.
Please complete all sections of the application as thoroughly as possible while keeping to the space allotted for the responses. The application will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. If you haven’t already done so, please review our explanation of the application process, Volunteer Eligibility and Screening FAQs and Frequently Asked Questions.
Attending an information session is mandatory. If you haven’t attended one, you can register for either our online or in-person information session here. Your application will be processed only after you have attended the information session.
CASA of Los Angeles promotes equal opportunity for all applicants. In doing so, we comply with local, state and federal laws and regulations to ensure an equal opportunity for everyone. We do not discriminate in opportunities or practices on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, military service obligation, veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. Our policies and practices are intended to ensure that all are treated equally and our decisions are made to further the principle of equal opportunities.
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You can save your application and continue it later by clicking on the “Save and Continue Later” button. You must input your email address to have a unique link sent to you in order to return to the application within a 30-day period.
If you have any questions, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 323-859-2888 x6320.
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Because of the nature of the CASA volunteer role, CASA of Los Angeles thoroughly screens all applicants. The process of initial and subsequent background screening includes:
All applicants must submit the required information and authorize a release of information related to the above listed background checks. Refusing to do so will result in a rejection of the application. All applicants accepted for training will be fingerprinted as part of the criminal background check.
Criminal history does not necessarily disqualify you from service. However, any applicant found to have been convicted of, or having charges pending for a felony or misdemeanor involving a sex offense, child abuse or neglect, or related acts that would pose risks to children or the CASA program’s credibility will not be accepted as a CASA volunteer.
Please list the names of your present and/or previous employers in chronological order with present or last employer listed first. Indicate “current” as the end date for your current position. Be sure that your employment and educational background will cover the past seven years (or provide an explanation below).
Please provide your educational experience below starting at high school or equivalent.
If applicable, please provide:
Volunteers who transport children or drive on behalf of the organization are required to maintain automobile liability coverage, which satisfies the requirements under California law. In that case, CASA of Los Angeles requires verification of automobile insurance and a valid California driver license.
Please read the statement below and enter your name, today’s date, and signature.
I understand that I am applying to be a CASA volunteer, to serve without promise, expectation or receipt of any compensation for the service performed.
I hereby agree to a complete background check, and that CASA of Los Angeles may do whatever is necessary to verify the validity of my statements. Further, I fully consent to the communication and sharing of any information learned about me during the screening process and subsequent service, including with outside people and organizations, regardless of the nature of the information, as necessary to ensure a complete background investigation and protect children and the integrity of the CASA Network.
I certify that I understand that volunteer placement is a selection process and that not all applicants are accepted into the program. I understand that volunteers are selected based on individual ability to meet the responsibilities of the CASA Program.
I also understand that because of the nature of the screening process, CASA of Los Angeles is not obligated to disclose to me reason(s) for any decision concerning my acceptance or non-acceptance into the program.
Furthermore, I understand that CASA of Los Angeles has to consider the best interests of the children first when matching them with CASA volunteers. Thus, I understand that the agency is not obligated to assign to me a child and that submission of this application in no way obligates me to perform volunteer services.
I hereby certify, under the penalty of perjury under the laws of the state of California, that the information provided by me in this application is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.
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