Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization of dedicated volunteers who work one-on-one with children who are victims of abuse or neglect and are placed in foster care under the protection of the Children’s Court.
Advocates work closely with a child, as a mentor and a friend. For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult in their lives. Children are removed from their homes for a variety of reasons, including physical and emotional abuse, abandonment, severe neglect, sexual abuse, and exploitation. Advocates help children in many important ways such as comforting them through emotional trauma and transition, making sure they get needed health care and social services, talking with teachers, participating with children in enriching activities, and advising judges about the child’s placement and welfare.
Statistics show that about 80% of foster children perform below grade level; half don’t graduate high school; and a quarter end up homeless. Having an Advocate makes a significant difference. Children with the support of a CASA volunteer experience many positive outcomes, including: protection from further abuse; better adjustment to foster care; increased chances of adoption; greater educational success; and just feeling happier, more secure, and cared for.
In Los Angeles, we have 500 CASA volunteers serving over 900 children. There are an equal distribution of boys and girls and about half are teenagers. About one-third are infants and toddlers ages 0-5 (sadly, the fastest-growing age group who suffer abuse and neglect.) We have many children on our waiting list for an Advocate.
With your donation, you will help CASA serve these wonderful foster children. In their difficult situation, we all need to be parents of every child.
CASA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible. Tax ID: 95-3890446