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Across California, thousands of CASA volunteers build close relationships with and serve as advocates for foster children. However, there are still 72,000 foster children in CA who don't have a CASA volunteer to stand up for them. Be the difference... CalCASA improves the scope, quality, and impact of CASA advocacy in California. We achieve this by strengthening local programs, promoting improvements in advocacy practices, and sharing the insights of CASA staff and volunteers with policy and decision makers. CalCASA's goals for the CASA network are to: 1) Serve More Children 2) Improve Volunteer Effectiveness 3) Increase Program Quality 4) Influence State Laws and Policy.

Hallmark doesn’t make the kind of card some mothers need today. We want to THANK all CASA volunteers, for your advocac...
05/12/2019

Hallmark doesn’t make the kind of card some mothers need today. We want to THANK all CASA volunteers, for your advocacy, dedication, and most importantly... your kindness! 👉🏼 SHARE with someone who has an immeasurable impact on a child in their community.💕

Did you know that 1 child enters foster care in America every 2 minutes, and those children change homes 3 or more times...
05/06/2019

Did you know that 1 child enters foster care in America every 2 minutes, and those children change homes 3 or more times? When these teens age out of foster care, nearly 40% go homeless and about 25% are imprisoned within 2 years.

Ticket to Dream Foundation and California CASA works to fight these statistics every day, and you can help by supporting their screening of Friday’s Child on May 7. Funds raised help provide hope and opportunity to foster youth aging out of care.

Get your ticket today: https://fridayschildfilm.com/buy.html

A CASA volunteer provides a level of attention to one youth or sibling group. This is why our work is so effective and r...
05/03/2019

A CASA volunteer provides a level of attention to one youth or sibling group. This is why our work is so effective and rewarding. If you feel the slightest impulse to learn more, we encourage you to explore! Contact your local program today to learn what it takes to help a child in foster care: http://www.californiacasa.org/get-involved/find-a-casa-program/

Mother's Day💐 is approaching and we want to remind all of our supporters that when you shop for gifts at AmazonSmile,...
04/24/2019

Mother's Day💐 is approaching and we want to remind all of our supporters that when you shop for gifts at AmazonSmile, 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases will be donated to the California CASA Association. It’s that easy - please share, tell your friends and family!
Shop at: smile.amazon.com/ch/68-0163010

Director AJ Edwards brings to screen the brutal reality of thousands of Americans who have aged out of the foster care s...
04/23/2019

Director AJ Edwards brings to screen the brutal reality of thousands of Americans who have aged out of the foster care system. The reality of his newly granted “freedom” hits hard when Richie finds himself fighting to survive. Friday’s Child brings forward the unrelenting struggle these teens face and forces us to wonder how far we are willing to go to survive.

Don’t miss the captivating film when it premieres in your city to benefit those in foster care. Tickets are available for May 7 now: https://fridayschildfilm.com/buy.html

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/323527320
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04/22/2019
The Chronicle of Social Change

The Chronicle of Social Change

A quick TED Talk with Jessica Pryce that also supports trying colorblindess to eliminate #racialbias in #childwelfare. Here's our take on it: bit.ly/2U47ult

Volunteer Recognition Day honors volunteers who dedicate themselves to helping others. They are making big differences i...
04/20/2019

Volunteer Recognition Day honors volunteers who dedicate themselves to helping others. They are making big differences in small lives all over California. We want to say THANK YOU to the many volunteers who are an essential piece to improving lives and providing comfort for our most vulnerable youth!

Recidivism studies consistently find that 70 to 80 percent of these children are arrested again following their release ...
04/19/2019
Former Youth Corrections Officials Want to Close Youth Prisons

Recidivism studies consistently find that 70 to 80 percent of these children are arrested again following their release from youth prisons. Research also shows they are more likely to achieve positive outcomes and successfully transition into adulthood when served in home-like community-based programs.

This nation’s youth prisons simply don’t serve their purpose: keeping our neighborhoods safe from crime. And they cost $50 billion a year.

If we each play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our communities, we ...
04/18/2019

If we each play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our communities, we will have started the process of change. As we observe #ChildAbusePreventionMonth, let’s recommit ourselves to ending the vicious cycle of abuse, and to stand up for every child too young to speak for themselves. #BeACASA

When You Turn 18, the Journey is Just Beginning.Based on the realities of aging out of foster care, Friday’s Child fol...
04/17/2019

When You Turn 18, the Journey is Just Beginning.
Based on the realities of aging out of foster care, Friday’s Child follows a young drifter who turns to petty crime to survive. As one of 20,000 foster youth who are no longer eligible for care each year, often after the age of 18, Richie’s struggles lead him to discover an impossible love in an unlikely friend. This story captures the relentless quest of the human spirit and grapples with the societal impact of the foster care system to inspire awareness, outreach, and action.

Check Out the Trailer: https://www.fridayschildfilm.com/
Reserve Your Tickets: https://www.fridayschildfilm.com/buy.html
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Happy #NationalVolunteerWeek 👍🏼CASA volunteers assist youth in foster care by getting to know them, determining th...
04/12/2019

Happy #NationalVolunteerWeek 👍🏼CASA volunteers assist youth in foster care by getting to know them, determining their needs, and communicating these findings to a juvenile court Judge. In doing so, the court can make better informed decisions about the child’s case. Do you know someone who would make a great volunteer? Hit Share!

It's #NationalSiblingsDay and we want to remind everyone that sibling relationships are emotionally powerful and critica...
04/10/2019

It's #NationalSiblingsDay and we want to remind everyone that sibling relationships are emotionally powerful and critically important, not only in childhood but over the course of a lifetime. Did you know that CASAs preserve connections between brothers and sisters? Find out how... #BeACASA 🥰👬👫👭

March is #NationalSocialWorkMonth! We want to celebrate ALL social workers and their dedication to children placed in fo...
03/22/2019

March is #NationalSocialWorkMonth! We want to celebrate ALL social workers and their dedication to children placed in foster care! CASA programs fully support social workers. Why? Because their work, is HEART work and HARD work! When Social Workers and CASAs work together effectively, a child has a better chance at succeeding.

Nurturing individual creativity can do wonders for a child’s development. Active art participation can dramatically en...
03/12/2019

Nurturing individual creativity can do wonders for a child’s development. Active art participation can dramatically enhance a child’s imagination, aid in self-expression, help develop crucial problem-solving and social skills, as well as increase academic performance. This #NationalYouthArtMonth pick up a brush, camera, crayons, scissors, glue or clay and begin the healing process!

Today is #InternationalWomensDay! ❤️👵🏼👷🏿‍♀️👩‍⚕️👸🏽👩🏼‍🎤👩🏽‍🎨👮...
03/08/2019

Today is #InternationalWomensDay! ❤️👵🏼👷🏿‍♀️👩‍⚕️👸🏽👩🏼‍🎤👩🏽‍🎨👮🏻‍♀️👩‍✈️👩🏾‍⚖️👩‍🎓🧕🏽
Don't let anybody tell you that there are set paths for you to follow,
As a little girl with a passion, is an inspiring woman of tomorrow.
So celebrate all women, and acknowledge the great things they do
And tell a lady close to your heart, just how much she means to you!

We acknowledge young people in foster care may not have an easy path, but with support from a kind adult, they will be a...
03/07/2019

We acknowledge young people in foster care may not have an easy path, but with support from a kind adult, they will be able to overcome barriers they may face. Learn how you can make a lasting difference in a child’s life. #BeACASA ❣️ Find your local CASA program today: http://www.californiacasa.org/get-involved/find-a-casa-program/

A prime example of how POWERFUL words are. Today, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the world’s greatest...
01/21/2019

A prime example of how POWERFUL words are. Today, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the world’s greatest advocates!

Whether or not you decide to take the first step to becoming a CASA volunteer, you can continue to keep the CASA momentu...
01/18/2019

Whether or not you decide to take the first step to becoming a CASA volunteer, you can continue to keep the CASA momentum moving forward in your community. Talk about CASA to a friend, neighbor, co-worker or a family member, someone who you feel has the heart, strength and compassion to advocate for a child in court. 🗣🏛👩‍⚖️

CASA programs are part of a national network of nearly 950 community-based organizations across the country that recruit...
01/03/2019

CASA programs are part of a national network of nearly 950 community-based organizations across the country that recruit, train, and supervise volunteers to act as advocates and mentors for the best interest of abused and neglected children and teens. January is National Mentoring Month and a great time to find out how you can be a consistent and reliable adult in the life of a child, by providing them with hope for a successful future. Search for your local CASA program and get involved: http://www.californiacasa.org/get-involved/find-a-casa-program/

In 2018, we had the pleasure to work with some pretty amazing individuals! In 2019, we are looking forward to a new year...
12/31/2018

In 2018, we had the pleasure to work with some pretty amazing individuals! In 2019, we are looking forward to a new year filled with plenty of opportunities to better serve children and youth in foster care. We want to wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous New year! ✨ #CASA

Happy Holidays and best wishes to you all!
12/24/2018

Happy Holidays and best wishes to you all!

Foster kids are just kids — like your kids. But they’ve experienced more difficult situations and hard times than mo...
12/23/2018

Foster kids are just kids — like your kids. But they’ve experienced more difficult situations and hard times than most adults ever will. Through all they have endured, they still have hope. They need a committed adult to make a difference in their lives. This holiday season, get involved with your local CASA program: http://www.californiacasa.org/get-involved/find-a-casa-program/

There is a critical need for every adult to become aware and involved in the welfare of children and youth. Everyone can...
12/03/2018

There is a critical need for every adult to become aware and involved in the welfare of children and youth. Everyone can make a difference – by learning about vulnerable children and families in your community, to becoming a mentor, an advocate, or spreading awareness about children in foster care. We Are Responsible.

There's a lot of ways to give, with so many reasons why! This #GivingTuesday support California CASA's vision that every...
11/27/2018

There's a lot of ways to give, with so many reasons why! This #GivingTuesday support California CASA's vision that every foster child in California has access to the service and support of a #CASAvolunteer. Donate Today: http://www.californiacasa.org/donate/donate-today/

For our Twitter Users... Watch the 1 minute video, retweet, mention @californiacasa and #BeTheGood. That simple, and Ben...
11/27/2018

For our Twitter Users... Watch the 1 minute video, retweet, mention @californiacasa and #BeTheGood. That simple, and Benevity donates $10 to California CASA! 👍

When the world seems more divided than ever, we need to do more than look for the good in the world, we need to be the good in the world!

Join us on Twitter right now and retweet our pinned video (https://twitter.com/benevity/status/1067417766364246019) using #BeTheGood with an @ mention of your favorite charity and we’ll donate $10 on your behalf, up to $100,000!

Full details: www.benevity.com/bethegood
#GivingTuesday

P.S. YES! You can nominate your own charity 🤩

Just like your vote counts, your voice matters! Voters and volunteers both believe they can MAKE A DIFFERENCE. And ultim...
11/06/2018

Just like your vote counts, your voice matters! Voters and volunteers both believe they can MAKE A DIFFERENCE. And ultimately they do.❤️ You can be a powerful voice for children placed in foster care. Contact your local CASA office to learn how you can train to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate: http://www.californiacasa.org/get-involved/find-a-casa-program/ #IVoted #GoVote #SpeakUp #BeACASA

There are many opportunities to reach foster youth through information technology, here is a great example of how a grow...
10/25/2018
Bay Area teen creates app to help foster youth get to college

There are many opportunities to reach foster youth through information technology, here is a great example of how a growing number of foster youth access information from computers and smart phones... which brings the question, when are we getting a CASA app? 🤔

Eighteen-year-old Mt. Eden High School grad, Joseph Franco, landed in the top three of the national Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship pitch competition in New York City. He beat out 23,000 students.

Adverse childhood experiences play a major role in suicide attempts. Almost all children in foster care, experience a de...
09/10/2018

Adverse childhood experiences play a major role in suicide attempts. Almost all children in foster care, experience a deep sense of loss when they are removed from home. In addition to losing their families, they often lose their other natural support systems, including their school, friends, coaches, neighbors, and other community members. Suicide is a real issue in foster care and one we should not dismiss lightly. Today is #WorldSuicidePreventionDay a time to shed light on this highly stigmatized topic.

Why advocate for teens in foster care? Because you never outgrow needing support, a sense of belonging, stability, or la...
08/10/2018

Why advocate for teens in foster care? Because you never outgrow needing support, a sense of belonging, stability, or lasting connections. Youth need guidance with important adult responsibilities like enrolling in college, finding stable housing, securing employment, and building healthy relationships. Help prepare a youth for adulthood. #BeACASA!

Many kids in foster care have attended multiple schools, which can result in academic challenges, such as falling behind...
08/07/2018

Many kids in foster care have attended multiple schools, which can result in academic challenges, such as falling behind peers, lower standardized test scores and difficulty in social adjustment. Though kids in foster care are often smart and resourceful, they may have doubts and triggers that can disrupt their education. They need someone in their life to support their right to an education and to persist — in college and beyond. A CASA is an adult that advocates for a child, and acts as an amplifier for a child's unheard needs. Find your local program today, ask how you can get involved: http://www.californiacasa.org/get-involved/find-a-casa-program/

07/31/2018
CASA of Santa Barbara County

Pam from the Office loves CASA ( although she has a unique way of pronouncing it!)

Did you see Jenna Fischer’s (Pam from The Office) shoutout to CASA on Instagram? She gave a great description of how CASA volunteers help children in foster care! Apply to volunteer at sbcasa.org/volunteer

07/26/2018
Foster Care Does Not Define ME

Foster care is not where bad children or juvenile delinquents go. It's where children go when their parents cannot, for a variety of reasons, care for them. "Foster Child" is a label that should never define a child in a negative way. Like any other child, they have friends, grandparents, hobbies, favorite teachers, talents, and siblings they miss! Learn how you can support a child placed in foster care, contact your local CASA program for more information: http://www.californiacasa.org/get-invo…/find-a-casa-program/

When talking about trauma experienced by children and youth in foster care, you may hear the term "ACEs," or Adverse Chi...
07/17/2018
Take The ACE Quiz — And Learn What It Does And Doesn't Mean

When talking about trauma experienced by children and youth in foster care, you may hear the term "ACEs," or Adverse Childhood Experiences. Learn more about how these experiences may affect behavior.

First developed in the 1990s, the 10 questions of the Adverse Childhood Experiences test are designed to take a rough measure of a difficult childhood. Finding out your score is easy. Now what?

What are you waiting for, take the plunge! This summer you can train to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), as...
06/30/2018

What are you waiting for, take the plunge! This summer you can train to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), as a CASA your goal is to make sure that a child is in a safe, stable placement and that they have the support they need to move forward on a positive path. Find your local program today: http://www.californiacasa.org/get-involved/find-a-casa-program/

June is National Reunification Month and we want to celebrate the important accomplishments of parents and the many prof...
06/29/2018

June is National Reunification Month and we want to celebrate the important accomplishments of parents and the many professionals, including CASAs, that work on getting children home safe. It is a CASA's goal to make sure children are supported and have what they need to move forward in a positive path, when reunifying with their family. Find your local CASA program today to see how you can get involved: http://www.californiacasa.org/get-involved/find-a-casa-program/ #NationalReunificationMonth #FosterCare #CASAvolunteer

It's the CASA community with Senator Beall in the State Capitol. #ThankYouSenatorBeall #SB925
06/14/2018

It's the CASA community with Senator Beall in the State Capitol. #ThankYouSenatorBeall #SB925

And another CASA program honored as non-profit of the year! Great work, CASA of Monterey County!
06/07/2018
Anthony Cannella

And another CASA program honored as non-profit of the year! Great work, CASA of Monterey County!

I had the honor of recognizing CASA of Monterey County as the 12th Senate District Non-Profit of the Year. Thank you for all you do for the foster youth in our community.

CULTURAL HUMILITY... Another AMAZING training with Beverly Kyer! We experienced the process of engaging in cross-cultura...
06/06/2018

CULTURAL HUMILITY... Another AMAZING training with Beverly Kyer! We experienced the process of engaging in cross-cultural interactions with each other while learning and appreciating the culturally diverse backgrounds in the room. #CASA❤️

We at California CASA are very pleased that CASA of Merced County has been honored as the California Nonprofit of the Ye...
06/06/2018

We at California CASA are very pleased that CASA of Merced County has been honored as the California Nonprofit of the Year! Congratulations for this well-deserved award!

We are proud to share some great news! We have been selected as Nonprofit of the Year by Assemblymember Adam Gray. We will be presented our award today, June 6th in Sacramento in honor of California Nonprofits Day! #CalNonprofitsDay #NonprofitPower #CaLeg Visit www.mercedcasa.org to learn more about our organization!

06/05/2018
Success Stories: Families, Once Divided, Celebrate Reunification

Sadly, success is a word not used often enough to describe the fate of children who grow up in foster care. Their drop out, incarceration, and drug use rates are among the highest of any group. All the more reason, then, to celebrate the system's "preferred outcome:" reunification with their parents.

Sadly, success is a world not used often enough to describe the fate of children who grow up in foster care. Their drop out, incarceration, and drug use rates are among the highest of any group. All the more reason, then, to celebrate the system's "preferred outcome:" reunification with their parent...

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