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Change a Child's Story: Become a CASA Volunteer
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Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County (CASA OC) provides a powerful voice and a meaningful connection for children who have experienced abuse, neglect and abandonment. CASA is a national organization, founded in 1977, with chapters in 49 states and over 90,000 volunteers across the country.
Every day, abused and neglected children in Orange County are taken from their homes and placed into foster care. There are currently over 3450 children under the supervision of the dependency court in our county. Without added support only 58% of these children will graduate from high school, 1 in 4 will become homeless and only 50% will be employed by the age of 24.
CASA OC recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who are sworn in by the court as advocates for youth in foster care.
A CASA volunteer works one on one with their youth to get to know them, be a stable supportive role model, and to stand up for them in court. Studies show that if a child has at least one supportive long-term connection, they do better in school and have an enhanced sense of hopefulness and optimism about their lives.
A CASA visits with their child on a regular basis, interacts with the professionals involved in the child's case, and makes recommendations directly to the court ensuring the child's best interests are heard. CASAs are a crucial intervention to help ensure safety and accelerate the permanent placement for a child. CASAs help their youth thrive in school and improve positive health outcomes. Having a caring adult advocating for their best interests can make a lasting difference to a child who has suffered abuse or neglect.
CASAs are ordinary citizens from all walks of life with extraordinary hearts. What makes them special is they each give their time to make a difference in the lives of Orange County's most vulnerable children. No prior experience is required as CASA will provide all of the training and support you need to be a powerful voice for a child.
Today, more than 200 children are on CASA's wait list, referred by a judge or social worker and in need of a mentor-advocate of their own. CASA needs your help to ensure we assist each child in need. To find out more, join us for an information session. Sign up at www.casaoc.org/volunteer
About Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County
1505 E. 17th St., Suite 214, Santa Ana, CA 92705, US
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County provides a powerful voice and a meaningful connection for children who have experienced abuse, neglect and abandonment.
On any given day in Orange County, there are nearly 3,000 children who have been removed from their parents' care and placed in out-of-home care due to abuse or neglect. CASA is a nonprofit organization that matches caring volunteers with these children. Through mentorship and advocacy, volunteers are role models who provide consistency and give the children a voice in court. The unique one-on-one relationship that forms between the volunteer and dependent child is often the only stable, positive relationship the child has. In a sea of social workers, attorneys, therapists and caregivers, it's the court appointed volunteer who is a consistent and caring friend and advocate for the child. Our volunteers and staff are every day heroes who have the passion and commitment to positively influence the lives of these very special kids - one child at a time. CASA is currently listed as the Best Place to Volunteer in Orange County.
1505 E. 17th Street #214Santa Ana, CA 92705
November 7, 2022
- Child Development
- Child Welfare
- Youth Services
- Community Outreach
- People 55+
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- 2 year commitment
- Must be at least 21 years old to participate.