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How It Works

What We Do

CASA of Kern County is appointed directly by the Judicial Officers with the Kern Superior Court. When a volunteer is available, he or she reviews the case information with an Advocate Supervisor.

The CASA independently investigates the current circumstances of the child’s life. The CASA visits weekly and gathers information from the school, caregivers, and family. Each CASA is supported and guided by their Advocate Supervisor.

Prior to each court hearing, the volunteer, with the assistance of an Advocate Supervisor, prepares a court report with his/her evaluations and recommendations for the child. The Juvenile Court Judge reads and considers the CASA report along with the social worker's report prior to making a decision. To better serve the program, each volunteer receives 30 hours of expert, ongoing training in relevant skills.

CASA volunteers are unique in providing information not usually available to the Court. Because of the enormous number of cases filed in Juvenile Court and dwindling resources to adequately investigate cases, judges are often compelled to make decisions based on less than complete or objective data. A CASA's objective, unbiased recommendation to support the best interest of the child is an invaluable aid to the Judicial Officers.

If you'd like to find out more about volunteering you may attend one of our informational orientations, send an email to Diana Ramirez, Community Outreach Coordinator at dramirez@kerncasa.org or call us at (661) 631-2272. We look forward to hearing from you!

Our Sponsors

  • Diane S. Lake
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  • Grimmway
  • Wonderful
  • Ken and Terry Jones
  • Ericcson
  • John and Sheila Lake
  • King
    King
  • Citizen Bank
  • So Cal Gas
  • Lazzerini family
  • CRC
    CRC
  • Aera
    Aera
  • Tejon Ranch
    Tejon Ranch
  • Dezember
  • KGET
    KGET
  • Scripps Howard Foundation
    Scripps Howard Foundation
  • Dignity Health
    Dignity Health
  • Cynthia Lake Charitable Trust
    Cynthia Lake Charitable Trust
  • Barbich Hooper
    Barbich Hooper
  • Outlets at Tejon
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