Child Advocates of Silicon Valley

What Do CASAs Do with Their Advocate Children?

Below are a few examples of activities our volunteer CASAs have done with their advocate children. Every week, our staff email out a list of local free or low-cost events in the community to help our volunteers think through fun and engaging weekends with their advocate children. Some examples:

  • Talk with your advocate child, listening to his experiences and feelings.
  • Spend time with him, participating in activities he enjoys from going to a beach to baking in his foster mom's kitchen.
  • Take your advocate child to the beach for the first time.
  • Explore a museum with him (we have a range of free tickets donated by members of local museums).
  • Play boardgames with him at a local café, practicing ordering food and talking about peoples’ interactions.

You will probably spend volunteer time working on your advocate child’s case while away from them. Some examples of that time are:

  • Read and review the child’s profile.
  • Talk with her parents, teachers, social workers and attorney to get the whole picture.
  • Work with social services or her school to get her access to programs.
  • Talk with your CASA Supervisor to get help and guidance with any issues or questions you’ve encountered while advocating.
  • Plan our next outing, whether you'll visit a museum or a skate-park or the library or go for a hike.

Below is a sample CASA Calendar to show how some CASAs divide up their 10-12 hrs / month volunteer time.

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

7-7:15pm, confirm with Maria’s foster Mom tomorrow’s timing works

1-4pm, pick up Maria from foster home, play in the park and talk

1-1:15pm, Email Maria’s social worker and your Mentor

 

 

 

 

7-7:15pm, confirm with Maria’s foster Mom tomorrow’s timing works

1-4pm, pick up Maria from foster home, play in the park and talk

 

 

8-8:30am, email teacher to follow-up on IEP questions.

 

 

7-7:15pm, confirm with Maria’s foster Mom tomorrow’s timing works

1-3:00pm, pick up Maria from foster home, play in the park and talk

Maria on a camping trip, no meeting

Maria on a camping trip, no meeting

Maria on a camping trip, no meeting

Maria on a camping trip, no meeting

Maria on a camping trip, no meeting

Maria on a camping trip, no meeting

Maria on a camping trip, no meeting

 

 

 

6-6:30pm, write monthly 1-page report on Maria’s case

 

 

1-3:00pm, pick up Maria from foster home, play in the park and talk