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.

 

  • In 2014, 415,000 children in the United States spent time in the foster care system. This system works best when used to provide nurturing, short-term care to vulnerable children until a family crisis can be resolved and they can return safely home, or until a child can be placed with a permanent adoptive family.

  • “There is a lot of literature about childhood adversity and psychiatric outcomes, but few studies on older people, and no stories at all on older homeless adults,” said Chuan Mei Lee, MD, a clinical fellow in psychiatry at UCSF and lead author on the study, published on August 17, 2016, in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

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