Child Advocates

Child Advocates

Child Advocates, who are volunteers sworn to maintain confidentiality, are important members of the Child Abuse Services Team (CAST). Child Advocates:

  • Help each child feel comfortable at CAST by playing games, initiating creative activities, and offering companionship to the child while they are at CAST.
  • See to each child’s basic needs for food and nurturing during the child's visit to CAST.
  • Provide comfort and immediate support to parents and other family members.
  • Observe any unusual behaviors exhibited by children and report these concerns to appropriate staff members.
  • Assist and support children during medical examinations at CAST.
  • Perform special projects for staff members as needed.
  • Help keep the CAST play areas and advocate rooms clean, orderly, and child-friendly.
  • Fulfill public speaking requests on behalf of CAST and participate in community public relations activities, including soliciting funds and in-kind donations.

To become a Child Advocate, volunteers are required to:

  • Attend a 2-hour orientation meeting.
  • Be LiveScanned.
  • Have a personal interview.
  • Undergo a background check.
  • Attend 16 hours of specialized training.
  • Take an Oath of Confidentiality.
  • Commit to volunteering at least 4 hours per week.

To volunteer, please contact an Advocate Coordinator at (714) 935-7545.