Mission: Support the best interests of abused and neglected children in alameda county by funding the work of alameda county court appointed advocates (casa) program which provides an independent voice and advocacy in the areas of education, mental health, medical, permanent placement, and resourcing for dependent and delinquent victim-children under the jurisdiction of alameda county juvenile court.
Programs: Support youth development programs such as leadership skill building, a youth speaker's bureau, extracurricular activities that give youth great opportunities in education, recreation, culture and arts and support for transition into adulthood.
outreach in the community via publications, public speaking, social media and special events to educate the public about casa's mission and to recruit volunteers.
staff development and volunteer pre-service and continuing education classes and workshops.
As a a former Board member, I want everyone that considers making a donation to know that this is one of the best non-profit organizations that is helping foster children in so very many was that might not be possible for the foster parent(s) do. I am no longer a board member. No because I did not believe in the mission. It is because I am not good at asking others to donate money.
CASA means Court Appointed Special Advocate. These are "volunteers" who have taken classes and then been appointed by a sitting Judge to advocate for the foster child or children in many areas. If you are or know a foster child, you will know just how valuable this is in the life of a foster child. It can make and has made a positive difference in the life of the foster child.
Am I biased in writing this review? Of course I am. However, it is based on years of experience in seeing just how valuable Friends of Alameda County CASA and CASA are in the lives of the often forgotten foster children.