I have been volunteering as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for the past 8 years. During that time I have advocated for three teen girls in the foster care system. Each was very different, and I was always able to get advice and support from the staff and other volunteers of CASA of Contra Costa County. While my volunteer work has been challenging at times, it is extremely rewarding as well. I know that I have made a positive difference in three lives.
My 10 years as a CASA volunteer provided me with some of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I was able to make a significant impact on the lives of the children I worked with. Witnessing their strength, resilience, and ability to find hope and joy in spite of their circumstances was a privilege. I learned more than I ever expected, got to set my own hours, and had tremendous support from the organization.
I have served on CASA's Board of Directors for the past 3 years. The time I spend supporting CASA of Contra Costa has provided some of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences of my life. Please consider joining us as we expand our reach, so that one day every abused and neglected foster care child has the support of a CASA advocating for what is in the child's best interest.
I joined the Board of my local CASA over 4 years ago. It sounded like a great organization. As time passed and I really got to understand what CASA does and the impact it has on the lives of foster children I have become even more dedicated to and vested in CASA. I have personally talked to a foster child that had a CASA in his life as a young child. He said that his CASA had a huge positive impact on his life. She was there for him, and guided him and was the only person in his life who was not paid to be there. She helped shape him to be the wonderful young man he is today. I cannot express enough what a wonderful organization CASA is and how important a CASA can be to a foster child.
CASA does amazing things for children who have so little and have lost so much. I am astounded at the level of dedication that volunteers exhibit in their role as advocates for foster children and youth. They go above and beyond the call of duty, oftentimes choosing to continue those relationships with the children well beyond the time that they age out of foster care and no longer officially have a role to play. I believe that CASA is one of the most important organizations affecting the well-being of our nation's under-served children.
I love this organization. I went to an information session in late 2016, and wanted to volunteer, but I did not have the time. Instead I became a donor, and this has been one of the best things I could have done. CASA makes a real difference in the lives of foster children in Contra Costa County.
I have been a volunteer for CASA of Contra Costa County for 6 years. We have never been more committed to helping abused and neglected foster youth. Everyone involved in CASA is committed to serving more and more kids but we need your help! Talk to us about how you can help us with our very worthwhile cause.
I've been involved for about 5 years, first as a volunteer, now as a member of the Board. CASA of Contra Costa County delivers essential support to kids removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect and does it with more than 100 dedicated volunteers
If you want direct impact in a child's / youth's life then CASA of Contra Costa County is for you. As a volunteer I look for strong administrative support so I can focus all my efforts on the foster youth. The program has a strong reputation in the Contra Costa Superior Court system and Child Family Services. Such a reputation allows for a strong impact in a foster youth's life.
CASA is one of the best and most effective organizations helping foster children in Contra Costa County. There is a rigorous screening and training process for the volunteers, and ongoing support to help with any situation.
There's no better cause to donate! I am impressed by the work volunteers and staff from this organization do every day to help abused and neglected children and youth who live in foster care. By helping foster kids, they also help our entire community.
This is a great organization. It provides so much support to their volunteers who work directly with the foster children. Even more impressive is how much good they do with a very small budget. This is one of those organizations that does such good work with such good results that everyone should be donating to them so they can serve more youth.
I volunteered as a CASA fir 3 years. I found the people at the CASA office to be very helpful in dealing with issues of my CASA child. They supported my efforts in every way possible. They helped provide services to foster children I worked with. They do wonderful things for the nediest foster children. After my first child was adopted, I have continued to see him. He is very close to my heart. Thanks for providing me with this opportunity. Donna
I have been a supporter of Contra Costa County CASA for about 10+ years. I can tell you that the children that are served by this organization are the lucky ones in the foster care system. They have experienced the worst of abuse and abandonment and are selected by the judges to have a CASA volunteer assigned to work with them. The volunteer works one on one with the child, sees that they get the services, education, therapy and placement that is needed and also are the child's voice in court when the family is being evaluated for reuniting possibilities. This program really works!!!!!!!!! The individual relationship built between the child and their advocate is strong, healing, and provides a constant source of care in an ever changing foster care enviroment. The Contra Costa program is the oldest in CA and is often cited as the model for other counties. As a leader in this program Contra Costa has set the bar high for recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers. The bottom line is that children survive the system and go on to productive adulthood. Contra Costa CASA raises most of the money needed through grants and private donations. These monies are never assured and the program must be forever conscious of how money is raised and spent. If you are looking for a fiscally responsible organization that does amazingly good work and succeeds year after year in its mission, Contra Costa CASA is a program you should support. I am proud to be a supporter.