We strengthen California’s network of local CASA programs and advocate for abused and neglected children.
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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.