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California Court Appointed Special Advocate Association

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Causes: Child Abuse Prevention, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Civil Rights, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Protection Against Abuse

Mission: Founded in 1987, the mission of california court appointed special advocate (casa)association is to ensure that children in the foster care system have both a voice and the services that they need for a stable future. We achieve this goal by strengthening california's network of local casa programs and advocating for progressive child welfare policy and practice.

Programs: California casa association supports the development, growth and continuation ofprograms that recruit and train volunteers to advocated for abused and neglectedchildren throughout california. Casa volunteers establish stable supportive relationships with children in the foster care system, getting to know their unique history and making informed recommendations to the courts. California casa association improves the scope, quality and impact of the casa network by: a) strengthening local casa programs with technical assistance, quality training, and resources, b) working in partnership with california judicial council staffto ensure that local casa programs are in compliance with state and nationalstandards, c) communicating the casa perspective and advocating for progressive child welfare policy, and d) identifying and pursuing valuable strategic alliances that leverage and/or expand our children's resources statewide. When california casa association was founded, only a handful of casa programs existed. Today, with its support and leadership, nearly every county in the state is served by a casa program. This translates to a network of 44 casa programs and 8,000 volunteer advocates serving over 11,000 foster children in 50 counties throughout the state.

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