Thank you for responding to the Julio Cesar Ortiz story on Univision by coming to the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Los Angeles website to learn more.

Muchísimas gracias por responder a la historia presentada por Julio Cesar Ortiz, corresponsal de Univisión y por su interés en más información de CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) de Los Ángeles en nuestro sitio de internet.

Become an Advocate Volunteer – A Superhero for a Child in Need

Are you interested in discovering how you can become a Superhero for a child in need?

There is a great need for volunteers who are fully bilingual (Spanish and English). This year in Los Angeles County 28,000 children have cases in dependency court because their parents abused or neglected them. For many children in foster care, their CASA volunteer is the only adult who focuses exclusively on them and their future during this traumatic time in their lives. According to the September 2013 report by Child Welfare Services, 59.3% of children in Los Angeles foster Care are Latino, and many of these children and their families are bilingual or Spanish speaking.

A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained, dedicated and caring community volunteer assigned to lift the voice of a child in foster care. CASAs are sworn in by dependency court judges to advocate for what is in the child’s best interest. With legal standing to fully investigate a child’s circumstances, CASAs make recommendations to the court regarding how the system and community can best serve and support the child. Our volunteers have the ability to broadly influence the life of a foster child by advocating across many important life issues, including permanent placement, health care, education, mental health and enrichment activities.

Our most significant accomplishments happen every day – when an overlooked opportunity is found, a service is secured or an adult connection is made that will help keep a child safe and give him or her an opportunity to succeed.

Want to learn more? Please join us for a Volunteer Information Session or a Superheroes Round Up (community conversation). See dates and sign up here.

Click here to read about the process of becoming a CASA Advocate.

Other ways to help our CASA children – You can make a financial donation to CASA/LA by clicking the button below

Otra manera de ayudar a nuestros niños de CASA – Usted puede hacer una contribución por medio de una donación monetaria a CASA/LA

For more information call 323.859.2850.