It's been such a privilege volunteering as a CASA for SV child advocates. I greatly enjoy time with my two kids. They are amazing kids. And I get all the suppport I need from the staff!
I have been a CASA for 7 years, and have worked with a variety of children, ages 2 to 17. I am still actively working with 4 of them,and have loved seeing them blossom. The support we get as advocates enables us to work with the children, and help them achieve things they never thought possible. Foster Youth need a positive, stable adult in their lives, and CASA's provide that. It is amazing what time and love can do for a child!! Please join us!!
I've been a CASA for two years and advocated for seven girls, ranging from 3 to 18 years old. The organization is well run, will provide you with support all along the way and will give you plenty of opportunity for continuing education. I believe in what we do to support children in Foster Care and highly recommend Child Advocates if you would like to give some of yourself to positively affect a child in need.
I became a CASA over 5 and half years ago. I have advocated for six different cases and still have 5 active cases. My youths range in age from 17 years old to 2 years old. They all have different needs, different personalities, and do need to have that consistent adult in their lives. I am truly blessing to be part of their lives they way that I am.
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley is AMAZING!! Great people, great mission, great work! The training is ongoing so you never feel alone, the need is HUGE, and the kids are well worth your time.
As you learn more and more about the dependency system, you also realize - with a huge sigh of relief - that the systems partners (Judges, attorneys, etc.) really do care about these kids and want what's best for them. It's not always stated up front, but the more you listen the more you can see the compassion at work.
If you're looking for a way to jump into the deep end of volunteering, this is it! Come join us!
CASA is an amazing organization! Working with foster youth has been incredibly rewarding and educational. CASA is very well organized, communicative, supportive and provides many resources to help advocates as they navigate the dependency system. My supervisor is always available to help and gives me great advice when I need it.
Working with my youth has been wonderful. I've heard people say over and over again that they could never be a CASA because it's too sad or difficult. My experience has been the exact opposite. While there are occasional moments of sadness and frustration, the majority of the time I spend with my youth is fun and uplifting.
If you can imagine, there are children who only want some attention because they have been neglected or abused, then imagine they have to sit in court wondering what's happening, why it's happening and feeling helpless to affect the outcome. This is the life of a child in dependency, afraid, insecure, uncertain and often alone with those feelings. A CASA's (Court Appointed Special Advocates) relationship often has a life long impact and can change the outcomes of these most vulnerable children. Being a CASA has helped me understand the plight of these children and driven me to find ways to help. The best part of working with these children is that you can see impact in progress. Being a CASA can change your life one child at a time.
I consider my volunteer time valuable, so I don't like to waste time doing things that don't matter. That is why I work with Child Advocates of Silicon Valley. They serve an population of children who are going through probably the hardest time of their lives as foster kids, and it's a privilege to come along side the kids to encourage them and support them, and it does make a difference to the kids. The staff at CASV are all very professional, helpful, and encouraging.
I first heard about Child Advocates in 1986. It took me until 1998 to contact the organization, as I thought I was too busy with work. Once I completed the training and began working with my first child, I was hooked. There is no more rewarding feeling than helping others, especially a child. Seeing them smile, gain confidence and a belief in themselves is tremendous. Spending time with my CASA child is a highpoint each week. Knowing that they are better able to face life's challenges and become a healthy adult due, in part, to the support received from me and the CASA agency is incredibly satisfying. Just wish I had started this journey earlier, as it has added such richness to my life.
Perhaps one of the most well run and truly life changing organizations. I've been involved with Child Advocates, in different capacities, for many years. As a CASA I see first hand how being a steady, consistent presence in the life of a foster child can make a huge difference. Their vetting process, training, and continued support (from staff and peers) provide an amazing base for a volunteer to go forward and help these kids. The staff are there because they truly care and will provide guidance and knowledge. Is it always easy? No. But if you want to step up and be a part of positive change for many of our foster kids and youth, then it will be a rewarding experience.