CASA of Silicon Valley
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley is a member of the National CASA organization, a network of nearly 1,000 local community programs supporting children in the foster care system who have experienced abuse and neglect. By matching volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) with dependent children, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley ensures that the needs and best interests of foster children in our program are met.
CASA has won recognition from the Human Rights Campaign for our long-term work with LGBTQ foster youth and have welcomed LGBTQ volunteers since our founding in 1986. We hold monthly Information Sessions about how to become a mentor, advocate, and friend to foster youth in our community. Since all of our volunteers are Court Appointed Special Advocates and sworn-in as officers of the court, we require background checks and provide 30 hours of expert training.
Child Advocates provide stability and hope to children who have experienced abuse and neglect by being a powerful voice in their lives. Because volunteers are court appointed, they can thoroughly research every aspect of a child’s case, including meeting teachers, social workers, and foster parents. Advocates provide reports to the court so judges can make decisions with clear and accurate information. In addition to representing children in court, CASAs serve as friends and mentors.