In this two-post series I describe my experience working with foster youth as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).
Background: Nationwide and San Francisco CASA
Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA) serves as a voice for abused or neglected children all across the United States by providing affected youth with a much-needed volunteer advocate. Instead of learning and forming quality relationships with loving adults and peers in their lives, these children are spending their time attending court hearings, adjusting to new foster homes and switching schools often. CASA helps ensure safety and love for the most vulnerable children by having almost 1,000 programs across 49 states with volunteers who are passionate about serving. CASA serves over 240,000 neglected children nationwide.
San Francisco CASA helps ensure youths don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or reside in an inappropriate group or foster home. The court appointed and well-vetted volunteers strive to make a difference in their youth’s lives by serving their best interests in courts and in life. SF CASA has trained about 2,500 volunteers and has advocated for over 263 court-dependent children over the past year. It is imperative that CASA continues to grow to serve our nation’s most susceptible youth.
My Background with CASA
I’m very fortunate to be a CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocate, which helps ensure foster care youth receive needed services and support. The other night I was honored to be at a CASA panel where they asked me questions about my experiences with my youth and CASA. I’ve shared here what it’s like to be a CASA, which is unique to everyone’s experience.
Read the second post of this series here.