CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates—neutral volunteers who speak for children in foster care. To displaced children, CASA stands for hope in a time of turmoil.
Foster children have been removed from unsafe, abusive or neglectful homes. Their journey is far from over as they enter a world of lawyers, therapists, social workers, new schools, and temporary homes. CASA volunteers are trained to be a consistent, watchful presence in foster children’s changing lives. They work with the system and help judges make informed decisions in children’s best interests.
CASA’s goal is to help each child transition from foster care to a healthy, successful future, whether in a permanent, adoptive home or as an independent adult.
CASA of Fresno and Madera Counties is one of nearly 1,000 community-based CASA programs nationwide. We are a non-profit agency and we rely on donations.
You can make a profound difference in the life of a child. Because CASA works so well, judges are asking us to train more volunteers to serve more children. Our five-year target calls for more than doubling our volunteer force to reach all the children on the courts’ waiting lists. The need is greater than ever as government funding to social service agencies shrinks. If you’re committed to helping children in need, please consider joining our outstanding team. You’ll find it’s a powerful and rewarding experience.