Welcome to C.A.S.A. of San Bernardino County
In San Bernardino County, there are over 5,000 children and youth living in foster care. They are not only victims of abuse and neglect, but as a result have been removed from their homes and family and placed into foster care. Left with little or no consistent guiding presence in their lives, they are often lost, confused, and alone. Sadly, they then must learn how to survive and navigate the complicated and overburdened child welfare system.
But they don't have to do it alone.
Every day Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers mentor and advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom, the classroom, and the health system. Volunteer advocates—empowered directly by the courts—offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care. Volunteers become the voice for their appointed child. For many of our foster children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives that is inspiring them, challenging them and motivating them as they navigate through the child welfare system together, hand in hand. We currently have a waitlist of over 200 youth, we need your help. Volunteer today!
Owner/Editor - Chris Chmielewski on 07/17/2017
These are not descriptions that warrant sadness. These are descriptions from doctors, lawyers, advocates, parents, foster parents and social workers whose uniting quality is time spent in care. These are success stories. These are not the people that need looked after or are in need of your sympathies. Those people are going to find their way out of the system soon enough.
These are alerts. These descriptions are a call to action. A call to advocate. A call to protect those who are in foster care right now. These descriptions are tools for a social worker. They are advocate ammunition. They are hope.
By Gregory Bradbard, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on 06/20/2017
There are kids across the Inland Empire who lack a positive role model, and volunteers — especially men — are needed to spend time getting to know them, playing catch, and simply showing up. Big Brothers Big Sisters and CASA of San Bernardino County are in need of volunteer mentors and advocates to give just a few hours a week. To learn more or get involved, visit IEBigs.org or CasaOfSB.org.
Ruth Hardy on 05/18/2017
The breakdown of an adoption has a huge impact on the adopters and child, whether it happens in the early days of the placement or months or years after the child has legally been adopted. This adoption disruption can have many causes, but there are things that social workers and foster carers can do in order to avoid a heightened risk of disruption.