Child Advocates provides stability and hope to children who have experienced abuse and neglect by being a powerful voice in their lives. Since 1986, more than 16,000 children have been served by a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) who can have an incredible impact:
- Make a lasting difference: 71% of Child Advocates' children ages 3-5 are enrolled in preschool, compared to only 23% of all 3-5 year-olds in the dependency system in our county.
- Change a life: 95% of Child Advocate youth completed or are on track to complete their high school requirements by Sept. 2018 compared with 58% of foster children in California.
- When a CASA is assigned to a foster child, more educational, therapeutic and medical services are ordered for children and families.
- CASAs are highly effective in getting in their recommendations accepted in court. In four out of five cases, all of almost all CASA recommendations are accepted by the judge.
How our volunteers help
Adam Escoto is a friend, mentor, and advocate for 3 boys in the foster care system in South County. He meets with them a few hours a week in Gilroy and Morgan Hill, getting to know their hopes, dreams, challenges and opportunities. He advocates for them in court and works closely with their social worker and foster parents.
He is a Court Appointed Special Advocate.
Read Adam's CASA story here
In the words of foster youth
“My ray of hope was my CASA. She listened to me without judgment. My CASA spoke up for me in court. As I was transferred from foster home to foster home, I knew she was always a phone call away if I needed her.” – Aaron, foster youth
“Our CASA has guided us through the years and directed us on the right paths. She’s our voice when we aren’t heard; she’s our support when no one else cares; and most of all she is real with us.” - Asa and Donaisha, former foster youths
Watch Larissa's Story:
Our volunteers are from San Jose, Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Martin, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Stanford, Sunnyvale -- all over Silicon Valley. They are gardeners, programmers, cyclists, singers, hikers, parents and nonparents, lawyers, teachers, administrative assistants, retirees and college students; they are Latina or Latino, Asian American or White, African American or South Asian; they are straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, cisgender, queer or nonconforming (we've won awards for our work with LGBTQ volunteers and youth). What they all have in common is that they are generous adults from around the entire South Bay and Peninsula who volunteer their time to support foster youths in our community. And we could not be more grateful. We hope you will be one of them soon, so please consider coming to an info session.
Limited English Proficiency Policy
It is our policy to ensure that persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) shall not be discriminated against nor denied meaningful access to, and participation in, the programs and services provided by us. In order to ensure meaningful access and participation for LEP persons, VFC shall notify such persons that language services may be available to them at no cost and shall take reasonable steps to see that language services are provided.
We may provide language assistance services to LEP persons in the following ways:
- Oral interpretation services
- Bilingual staff
- Written language services
- Community volunteers
If a need for a telephone interpreter is identified, we will consider adding this service as quickly as possible at no cost to the person in need.