California CASA Association

California CASA Association We strengthen California’s network of local CASA programs and advocate for abused and neglected children. Find out how you can help. www.californiacasa.org
Why CASA matters: California has more foster children than any state in the nation—12% of the 690,548 children who live each year in foster care. That’s 83,000 California children whose lives have been turned upside down through no fault of their own. Often from an early age, these boys and girls face unimaginable trauma and are forced to deal with complex emotions that should not be part of childhood: sadness, anger, fear, hopelessness, grief. Children with a CASA volunteer are more likely to receive needed services in a timely manner, be enrolled in an appropriate educational setting, participate in extracurricular activities, graduate from high-school, and have long-term connections to siblings, relatives, and other support people. They are more likely to find a permanent home and less likely to re-enter the foster care system. All children have the right to live in an environment free from abuse and neglect. Children in foster care need a family and a permanent place to call home. They need proper health care and educational support. Most of all, to thrive, they need consistency and connectedness in their lives. CASA volunteers are devoted to making those things possible for children in foster care. Today, 8,790 California men and women are helping 14,150 foster children one-on-one as their court advocates, mentors, role models, champions, and beacons of hope. But we must do better than serving just 17% of our children. It is our vision that within a decade, every child in California who needs a CASA volunteer will have one.
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02/19/2020
CASA of Ventura County

We are so happy to welcome the new Interim Executive Director of CASA of Ventura County, Jorge Sciupac!

SAY HELLO 👋 to our new Interim Executive Director, Jorge Sciupac! We are so excited to have him join our team, as he brings over 25 years of leadership experience and - as an added bonus - has already been through the CASA volunteer training himself. He will be an excellent addition to our organization during this time of transition. Welcome, Jorge!

Thank you so much to Maximum Fun for supporting Court Appointed Special Advocates. This is truly a podcast network that ...
02/14/2020
Maximum Fun donates $109,025 to National CASA/GAL | Maximum Fun

Thank you so much to Maximum Fun for supporting Court Appointed Special Advocates. This is truly a podcast network that cares!

On December 24, 2019, Maximum Fun sent the National Court Appointed Special Advocates / Guardian ad Litem Association a donation of $109,025.

If you are in Kern County, stop by the info session on February 11th to find out how you can speak up for a child in fos...
02/08/2020

If you are in Kern County, stop by the info session on February 11th to find out how you can speak up for a child in foster care!

Bring your sweetheart and join us for a special CASA Orientation. Hear from current CASA Volunteers who advocate with their spouses discuss the benefits of being co-CASAs. Volunteering together can be fun and engaging, plus you are making a world of difference in lives of children. Singles are welcome, too! For more information contact us at 661-631-2272 or at [email protected]

02/08/2020
Sacramento CASA

Great job Sacramento CASA! Thank you to all in Sacramento who support CASA in your community!

Over $230,000 was raised at the CASA Sacramento Night in Paris Crab Dinner 2020!!! Thank you to our sponsors, supporters and volunteers for making a new record this year. More foster kids will get the advocacy they need because of your generosity.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cItrOV2hFTE

The Sun-GazetteVISALIA – A local nonprofit is hoping a recent grant will help find volunteers to advocate for children w...
02/06/2020
CASA seeks 30 advocates for abused, neglected children - The Sun-Gazette Newspaper

The Sun-Gazette

VISALIA – A local nonprofit is hoping a recent grant will help find volunteers to advocate for children who have been neglected or abused.

On Jan. 9, CASA of Tulare County announced it had been awarded a $50,000 Recruitment and Awareness grant from the National Court-Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children. Funds will be used to tailor a national public awareness campaign about child abuse and neglect for local markets, and to distribute the campaign...

A local nonprofit is hoping a recent grant will help find volunteers to advocate for children who have been neglected or abused. On Jan. 9, CASA of Tulare County announced it had been awarded a $50,000 Recruitment and Awareness grant from the National Court-Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Lit...

Congratulations to CASA of Orange County for a successful Holiday Luncheon fundraiser and thank you to all who helped th...
02/06/2020
CASA of Orange County - Court Appointed Special Advocates

Congratulations to CASA of Orange County for a successful Holiday Luncheon fundraiser and thank you to all who helped them raise a record-breaking amount of money to help abused, neglected children.

Thank you KUDOS Newport Beach for the spotlight on the amazingly successful Friends of CASA Holiday Luncheon that happened back in December! Check out their article and photographs from the event at the link below!

#casaoc #casaholidayluncheon #focasa #orangecounty #katespadenewyork

California CASA Association's cover photo
02/06/2020

California CASA Association's cover photo

CASA staff members are dedicated and inspirational individuals, working on behalf of abused and neglected children in th...
02/05/2020

CASA staff members are dedicated and inspirational individuals, working on behalf of abused and neglected children in their communities. Thank you for all you do Mayra Aguilar! Read more about how she's making a difference here:

Mayra Aguilar ’18 has always had a passion and drive to create change in her community. She completed her communication degree and business certificate through the Accelerated Baccalaureate Program in three years with an extensive list of extracurricular involvement including Southern Oregon Cheer, Student Life at Southern Oregon University and SOU University Housing. Mayra moved back to her hometown in El Dorado County, California, to work for a non-profit known as CASA El Dorado. CASA works one on one with children in the foster care system by recruiting, training and supervising volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates that serve as the “eyes and ears of the judge and the voice of the child.”

Upon completing a full year with the CASA organization in January, 2020, Mayra was promoted to Development Manager. In addition, she recently shared her big news that in Spring of 2020, she will be embarking on her entrepreneurial journey, bringing to life her dream since she was a little girl, May You Grow Consulting, where she hopes to spread knowledge, ideas, and coaching to non-profits and schools in El Dorado County and the surrounding region.

“SOU changed my life in so many ways! I dedicate my successes to the Communication/Business faculty, Student Life, University Housing and Cheer. Every day, I learned diverse and unique lessons from each one of them; from learning to cheer on others during good times and difficult times to the introduction of event back planning to the importance of interpersonal communication--- lessons that have helped shape me into the woman I am today. I am especially grateful for Danielle Mancuso, my role model. She helped me realize my fullest potential and true calling in life. She pushed me to believe in myself and the importance of loving what you do professionally. I’m so happy May You Grow Consulting is now in the works! I will create change... even with a pink suit!” We are proud of you, Mayra. You are an amazing young alumna! #RaiderFam #SOU4L #ConnectedAlumna #Leader #Advocate #CASA

If you are in Plumas County, check out this parenting event on March 7th.
02/05/2020

If you are in Plumas County, check out this parenting event on March 7th.

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Congratulations to CASA of Santa Barbara's Crystal Sullins on her promotion. Thank you for your dedication to children i...
02/05/2020
CASA of Santa Barbara County

Congratulations to CASA of Santa Barbara's Crystal Sullins on her promotion. Thank you for your dedication to children in our state, Crystal!

“I’ve always had a profound sense of giving back and I feel privileged to be able to align my career at CASA with my core values," Sullins said. "After a number of years of recruiting and training advocates, I’m excited to be in a position where I can help raise the funds needed to support their efforts.”

Help us congratulate Crystal Sullins on her new role as the Donor Relations Manager! Thank you Noozhawk for sharing this story.

If you are in the Los Angeles area and like to eat donuts (who doesn't like donuts!!!) stop into Donut Friend in DTLA or...
02/05/2020

If you are in the Los Angeles area and like to eat donuts (who doesn't like donuts!!!) stop into Donut Friend in DTLA or Highland Park and support CASA of Los Angeles.

Nothing says "I love you" like donuts and a FREE sweatshirt! The entire month of February, Donut Friend is showing us love by donating 50% of the proceeds from the sale of their Compassion Fruit donut to CASA/LA. Here's your chance to give back and win a FREE CASA/LA sweatshirt. Simply:

1) Visit Donut Friend in DTLA or Highland Park

2) Purchase a compassion fruit donut

3) Share your favorite compassion fruit donut photo with us using #casacompassionfruit

And just like that, you'll be entered to win a FREE CASA/LA sweatshirt. Only one winner will be chosen, hopefully, it's you. Good Luck!

#giveaway #donutfriend #dtla #highlandpark #donutlovers #butfirstdonuts #casaofla #losangelescounty #donutsaremyfriend #mondaymood #giveback #fundraiser #donutparty #casacompassionfruit #casaofla #mondaygiveaway #sharethelove

California CASA Association's cover photo
01/29/2020

California CASA Association's cover photo

California CASA announces the appointment of Teresa Romney as Chief Program Director during a period of expansion and gr...
01/29/2020

California CASA announces the appointment of Teresa Romney as Chief Program Director during a period of expansion and growth. Read more at our link in bio. #californiacasaassociation #californiacasa #courtappointedspecialadvocates #courtappointedspecialadvocate #helpafosterchild #helpfosterchildren

We are so happy to announce that Teresa Romney will be joining California CASA as Chief Program Director as of February ...
01/29/2020

We are so happy to announce that Teresa Romney will be joining California CASA as Chief Program Director as of February 15, 2020. Read more about this exciting development here: https://www.californiacasa.org/news-and-events/

A great profile of a CASA leader in our state...thanks Voyagela your support!
01/21/2020
Meet Wendelyn Julien of Casa of Los Angeles - Voyage LA Magazine | LA City Guide

A great profile of a CASA leader in our state...thanks Voyagela your support!

Today we’d like to introduce you to Wendelyn Julien. Wendelyn, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far. I was born into this work in Flagstaff, Arizona. My parents are educators and civil rights activists and I grew up with a firm ...

As we remember the life and legacy of MLK, we stay vigilant in our support of those who continue to do "what is right" e...
01/21/2020

As we remember the life and legacy of MLK, we stay vigilant in our support of those who continue to do "what is right" even in the face of adversity.

This story of a couple adopting six siblings is so inspirational. They made a decision to create a space in their lives ...
01/09/2020
Dads adopt 6 siblings from foster care: ‘We just instantly fell in love’

This story of a couple adopting six siblings is so inspirational. They made a decision to create a space in their lives for children in foster care, but they got so much more in return.

Steve and Rob Anderson-Mclean adopted six brothers and sisters who spent almost five years in the foster care system. Carlos, Lupe, Maria, Selena, Nasa and Max moved in with the couple in 2018 and officially found their “forever home” in May 2019. TODAY’s Meena Hart Duerson reports.

California CASA Association's cover photo
01/07/2020

California CASA Association's cover photo

Happy Holidays to CASA Staff, CASA Volunteers, and all who help make a difference in the lives of children in foster car...
12/18/2019

Happy Holidays to CASA Staff, CASA Volunteers, and all who help make a difference in the lives of children in foster care.

Beyond the Bench Lecture:Adverse Childhood Experiences and Toxic Stress: Improving Outcomes for ChildrenDr. Burke Harris...
12/18/2019

Beyond the Bench Lecture:
Adverse Childhood Experiences and Toxic Stress: Improving Outcomes for Children

Dr. Burke Harris, MD, Surgeon General of California, spoke about how adverse childhood experiences affect physical and behavioral outcomes for children. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) was a study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente. This study asked over 17,000 people about their experiences in childhood with physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect and/or if in their childhood they were raised by a parent who was mentally ill, incarcerated, had issues with substance abuse, the parents were separated, or had experienced domestic violence. The study found that the higher the ACE score, the worse your health outcomes. Adverse childhood experiences affect our biological stress response.

California CASA was so honored to host CASA Leadership from around the state at our Annual Executive Directors meeting. ...
12/18/2019

California CASA was so honored to host CASA Leadership from around the state at our Annual Executive Directors meeting. Thank you to the Judicial Council of California for making this possible as part of the Beyond the Bench Conference.

California CASA is excited to be hosting CASA leadership for our annual meeting that also kicks off the “Beyond the Benc...
12/16/2019

California CASA is excited to be hosting CASA leadership for our annual meeting that also kicks off the “Beyond the Bench” conference
In San Diego. Thank you to the California Judicial Council for this important event.

12/11/2019
CASA of Los Angeles - Court Appointed Special Advocates

CASA of Los Angeles is looking for volunteers to advocate for the 300 children currently on their waiting list.

With 300 children on our wait list, we have an urgent need to recruit more CASA volunteers. Los Angeles County has more than 30,000 children in the child welfare system and these children need and deserve the support and advocacy a CASA volunteer provides. #beacasa sign up for a volunteer session at Casala.org/volunteer.

12/11/2019
Santa Monica Mirror

CASA of Los Angeles is spreading the word about the need for Court Appointed Special Advocates in Los Angeles.

CASA of Los Angeles - Court Appointed Special Advocates Chief Executive Officer Wendelyn Julien chats with reporter Devyn Howard about becoming a foster parent, and how one person can can change a child’s story.

California CASA Association
12/06/2019

California CASA Association

Thank you for helping to make the season brighter for a child in foster care.https://www.californiacasa.org/donate-today...
12/05/2019

Thank you for helping to make the season brighter for a child in foster care.
https://www.californiacasa.org/donate-today/
#givingtuesday #thankfulthursday #casavolunteer #helpfosterchildren #helpafosterchild #courtappointedspecialadvocate #californiacasa

Thank you to all who support California CASA, your local county CASA program, and children across our state! #thankfulth...
12/05/2019

Thank you to all who support California CASA, your local county CASA program, and children across our state! #thankfulthursday #courtappointedspecialadvocates #becomeacasavolunteer #theseareourkids

Did you miss out on Giving Tuesday? Don’t worry - We welcome your support on any day of the week!Click here to give: htt...
12/04/2019

Did you miss out on Giving Tuesday? Don’t worry - We welcome your support on any day of the week!
Click here to give: https://www.californiacasa.org/donate-today/
#givingtuesday #thankfulthursday #casavolunteer #helpfosterchildren #helpafosterchild #courtappointedspecialadvocate #californiacasa

Court Appointed Special Advocates in California serve over 14,000 children in foster care each year, but there are still...
12/03/2019

Court Appointed Special Advocates in California serve over 14,000 children in foster care each year, but there are still 70,000 children in need. Please give today - because every child deserves a stable future.
Click here to give: https://www.californiacasa.org/donate-today/
#givingtuesday #casavolunteer #helpfosterchildren #helpafosterchild #courtappointedspecialadvocate #californiacasa

California has more kids in foster care than any other state. Every donation you make helps CASA programs recruit and tr...
12/03/2019

California has more kids in foster care than any other state. Every donation you make helps CASA programs recruit and train volunteers to stand by children in need.
Click here to give: https://www.californiacasa.org/donate-today/
#givingtuesday #casavolunteer #helpfosterchildren #helpafosterchild #courtappointedspecialadvocate #californiacasa

12/03/2019
California CASA Association #givingtuesday

In California, 83,000 children were in foster care last year. California CASA's network of 44 local CASA programs support and supervise 8,790 CASA volunteers who are helping 14,150 children to have better lives.

But more children still need our help. Today, our network is advocating for 17% of our state’s total foster population, but we can do better— because every child in foster care deserves a CASA.

Thankfully, in California we have thousands of heroic men and women who see this need and respond. Every day, CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates) up and down our state help to change a child’s story.

These expertly-trained volunteers represent the best interests of abused, neglected children in court, in schools, and in the community. Matched to a single child or sibling group, the CASAs spend quality time with their case children, learn every facet of the case, and make helpful—sometimes life-changing—recommendations to dependency judges in terms of education, specialized services, health care, and permanent home placement.

CASAs do this vital work because they want boys and girls in foster care to have a future that is brighter than their past.

Even a small donation can help California CASA support this large statewide network that trains and recruits much-needed Court Appointed Special Advocates—because a child in foster care deserves a supportive adult they can count on.

https://www.californiacasa.org/donate-today/

Giving Tuesday is December 3rd. Help make the season brighter for a child in foster care. Donate to California CASA toda...
12/01/2019

Giving Tuesday is December 3rd. Help make the season brighter for a child in foster care. Donate to California CASA today.
Click here to give: https://www.californiacasa.org/donate-today/
#givingtuesday #casavolunteer #helpfosterchildren #helpafosterchild #courtappointedspecialadvocate #californiacasa

Help make the season brighter for a child in foster care. Donate to California CASA today.Click here to give: https://ww...
11/29/2019

Help make the season brighter for a child in foster care. Donate to California CASA today.
Click here to give: https://www.californiacasa.org/donate-today/
#givingtuesday #casavolunteer #helpfosterchildren #helpafosterchild #courtappointedspecialadvocate #californiacasa

We are so grateful for CASA volunteers and staff and all who work on behalf of abused and neglected children everywhere....
11/27/2019

We are so grateful for CASA volunteers and staff and all who work on behalf of abused and neglected children everywhere. #thankful #thanksgiving #gratitude

We believe that all children who need a CASA volunteer should have access to one. Help support California’s 83,000 child...
11/27/2019

We believe that all children who need a CASA volunteer should have access to one. Help support California’s 83,000 children in foster care with your donation today.
Click here to give: https://www.californiacasa.org/donate-today/
#givingtuesday #casavolunteer #helpfosterchildren #helpafosterchild #courtappointedspecialadvocate #californiacasa

Even a small donation can help train and recruit a Court Appointed Special Advocate-because a child in foster care needs...
11/25/2019

Even a small donation can help train and recruit a Court Appointed Special Advocate-because a child in foster care needs a supportive adult they can count on.
Click here to give: https://www.californiacasa.org/donate-today/
#givingtuesday #casavolunteer #helpfosterchildren #helpafosterchild #courtappointedspecialadvocate #californiacasa

Giving Tuesday, the global movement to celebrate generosity, is coming up on December 3, 2019.  “We only have what we gi...
11/21/2019

Giving Tuesday, the global movement to celebrate generosity, is coming up on December 3, 2019.
“We only have what we give.” ― Isabel Allende #givingtuesday

California CASA Association
11/21/2019

California CASA Association

California CASA Association's cover photo
11/21/2019

California CASA Association's cover photo

Congratulations to all the new CASA volunteers serving youth in San Francisco. This is what a swearing in ceremony looks...
11/18/2019

Congratulations to all the new CASA volunteers serving youth in San Francisco. This is what a swearing in ceremony looks like. This is also what dedication looks like. Thank you for all you do!

Swearing In Ceremony November 14th, 2019

CASA of Tulare County is getting prepped and ready for their Superhero Run in March! Registration is less expensive the ...
11/15/2019

CASA of Tulare County is getting prepped and ready for their Superhero Run in March! Registration is less expensive the earlier you register, and you can register as soon as November 18th! Save the date!

We're getting prepped and ready for our Superhero Run in March! Registration is less expensive the earlier you register, and you can register as soon as November 18th! Save the date! www.CASATulareCo.org/events

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The California CASA Way: We connect all of California’s 44 local CASA programs through statewide meetings, training sessions, and online communication networks. We raise awareness of the need for Court Appointed Special Advocates across our state and provide support, advice, resources, and oversight to maintain high-quality programs that serve children’s best interests. We advocate for legislation that benefits children in foster care and the CASA volunteers who work on their behalf. A child in foster care needs someone to look up to, someone to count on. Having a stable relationship with a supportive adult can help children do well, even when they have faced significant trauma and hardship.

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Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(510) 663-8440

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