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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.
Dr. John DeGarmo on 01/13/2017
It is most likely happening in the city you live in. It may be happening in your neighborhood. It might even be happening to someone you know. . . Child Sex Trafficking.
This story was produced by Youth Radio. You can learn about how children journey through the foster care system at their website. on 01/12/2017
When Noel Anaya was just a year old, he and his five brothers and sisters were placed in the California foster care system. He has spent nearly all of his life in that system and has just turned 21. In California, that's the age when people in foster care "age out" of the system and lose the benefits the system provides. That process becomes official at a final court hearing. Anaya, along with Youth Radio, got rare permission to record the proceeding, where he read a letter he wrote about his experience in the foster care system.
Michel Nolan- San Bernardino Sun on 12/12/2016
There is an organization in our community that gives a voice to those who have none.
Those without voices are the 5,700 children in foster care in San Bernardino County — removed from their homes because they are in danger there.
The nonprofit is known as Court Appointed Special Advocates and the trained volunteer advocates provide stability and hope to abused and neglected youth.