Child Advocates Make a Difference
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley is a member of the National CASA organization, a network of nearly 1,000 local community programs supporting children in the foster care system who have experienced abuse and neglect. By matching volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) with dependent children, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley ensures that the needs and best interests of foster children in our program are met. Because our volunteers are court-appointed, they can thoroughly research every aspect of a child’s case, including meeting teachers, social workers and foster parents. Advocates provide reports to the court so judges can make decisions with clear and accurate information. In addition to representing children in court, CASAs serve as friends and mentors.
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley provides stability and hope to children who have experienced abuse and neglect by being a powerful voice in their lives.
Every child has a positive view of the future and the opportunity to become a productive, healthy adult. Childhood is a precious and critically important time for building self-esteem and nurturing dreams, but some children are faced with extreme challenges. Through no fault of their own, approximately 1,200 children in Santa Clara County are placed in foster care each year when their parents abuse or neglect them. When children are removed from their home, their world is turned upside down. Many have nowhere to go and often have no one to turn to. As the Nobel Laureate Poet Gabriela Mistral has written, “Many things can wait, but a child cannot".
Be a CASA Volunteer
Want to learn more? Please join us at one of our upcoming Volunteer Info Session. Click here for a list of our upcoming Info Sessions.