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Volunteer to Change a Child's Life

Nobody longs for a safe and loving home more than a child in foster care. As a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) or guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteer (title varies by location), you will be empowered by the court to help make this dream a reality. 

What Do CASA and GAL Volunteers Do?

Our volunteers listen first. Then they act.

Volunteers get to know the child by talking with everyone in that child's life: parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and others. They use the information they gather to help judges and others understand what the child needs and to help the child find a safe, permanent home.

Who Can Be a Volunteer?

You do not have to be a lawyer or a social worker to be a volunteer. We welcome people from all walks of life. We are simply looking for people who care about children and have common sense. As a volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and well-supported by professional staff, who will help you through each case.

You must pass a background check, participate in a 30-hour pre-service training course, and agree to stay with a case until it is closed (a year and a half, on average). Read more about the requirements for being a CASA or GAL volunteer, and the role itself.

Interested in helping children but not ready to commit to becoming a volunteer advocate? Learn about other volunteer opportunities. 

Ready to Stand Up for a Child Who Needs You?

Find a CASA or GAL program near you and inquire about becoming a volunteer. If you don't get any results, try broadening your search to your entire state.

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