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To be there for every foster child in Silicon Valley who has experienced abuse, neglect and/or abandonment.
We serve children aged birth to 21 years old who are placed in the Santa Clara County Dependency Court System (commonly referred to as foster care) for having experienced trauma in the form of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment. As an affiliate of the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association, we are responsible for operating the CASA program in Santa Clara County according to the national guidelines, which entails recruiting, training and supporting CASA Volunteers.
CASA Volunteers are appointed by a judge to be a mentor, advocate and a voice for a child in foster care. It can be a tough and demanding working with children in foster care but it is also very impactful. CASA Volunteers have the ability to help a child in foster care overcome the effects of having experienced trauma.
Change the life trajectory of a foster child. Sign up for an info session on our website to learn more.
I've been volunteering as a CASA with CASV since last December, and I have completely enjoyed the experience. It is not an easy volunteer role...you need to be regularly present in the child's life, remain engaged with and informed of the case and have the ability trust your instincts. But with the help of the responsive and supportive CASV staff, I have had an amazing experience.
I would absolutely recommend this volunteer role for those who have some experience with children and an interest in the foster care system. You can absolutely create positive change for a foster youth, just by being present in their life!
Being a child advocate has had a profound impact on life and is one of the most rewarding experiences. I originally signed on because I wanted to make a difference in someone else's life, I had no idea that it would change mine.