Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
CASA provides a powerful voice for youth in the child welfare system through a unique one-on-one relationship with trained and supervised court appointed volunteer advocates. We work to ensure that these youth are safe, have a permanent home and an opportunity to thrive.
At our chapter, the mission is focused solely and completely on the children of Orange County, California. We are a privately-funded non-profit organization that serves severely abused, neglected and abandoned children through the recruitment, training, and continued support of volunteers who advocate and mentor these children, representing their best interest in the courtroom and other settings.
"I am the only person in my CASA child’s life who isn’t paid," says Joy Winger, a CASA volunteer. "Everyone in a foster child’s life is paid: their therapist, their foster parents, their social worker. These kids know that. But when a CASA volunteer comes and says, 'I am here, just for you,’ that is life-changing."
We believe that the protection of our children is a fundamental obligation of our society and therefore our advocates and staff will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and to live in a healthy environment where he/she can learn and grow.
At CASA of Orange County, our mantra is I am for the Child. Being a CASA means helping to support and protect the rights of our county’s valued children and to give them the nurturing and stability that they deserve.