The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our community — including the children we serve, our volunteers, and our staff — has been of great concern to us at Voices for Children. All CASAs received an email from our President & CEO, Kelly Douglas, on March 12 with details on how to best conduct your role as a CASA during this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your advocacy supervisor. For the latest information, advice, and resources for advocating for case youth remotely while complying with stay-at-home restrictions related to COVID-19, please visit our Remote Advocacy Guide.
Reminders and Deadlines for CASAs
Remote Advocacy Guide
For information, advice, and resources about advocating for assigned youth while complying with COVID-19 safety guidelines, view our online Remote Advocacy Guide.
June Volunteer Hours
Please use this form to submit your June volunteer hours and remember to include time spent driving to and from visits, meetings, and other CASA-related destinations.
VFC Office Closures
Due to COVID-19 precautions, VFC offices will be closed indefinitely. Staff are available remotely save for the following court-recognized holidays:
Monday, July 5 (Independence Day)
Monday, September 6 (Labor Day)
Due to COVID-19 precautions, all scheduled Small Group and Continuing Education sessions will be conducted remotely until further notice.
Open Topic Small Group
Wednesday, July 14
Please join us for a Small Group meeting to discuss your case with peers and two advocacy supervisors via Zoom. To participate, RSVP to Advocacy Supervisor Amanda Reynolds at AmandaR@speakupnow.org by Tuesday, July 13.
Supporting Trans and LGBTQ+ Youth
Wednesday, July 21
Join us for a Zoom training with Kathie Moehlig, a representative from Trans Family Support Services, to learn about more ways to support LGBTQ+ youth. To attend, please RSVP to Senior Advocacy Liaison Kelsey Shalkowski at KelseyS@speakupnow.org by Monday, July 19.
Juvenile Justice Small Group
Thursday, July 29
Please join us for a Small Group meeting to discuss your juvenile justice case with peers and a Juvenile Justice Advocacy Supervisor via Zoom. To participate, RSVP to Advocacy Supervisor Giselle Acosta at GiselleA@speakupnow.org.
Advocacy for Older Youth with Disabilities
Thursday, August 12
The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) works to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities. This session will educate you on employment preparation, paid work experience, funding for training and job placement, and more for youth 16 and up with a disability, IEP, or 504 plan. To attend, RSVP to Advocacy Supervisor Victoria Valencia at VictoriaV@speakupnow.org by Monday, August 9.