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.
Michel Nolan on 10/12/2016
CASA volunteers are an integral part of mentoring and court-based advocacy for abused and neglected children — the most vulnerable children in San Bernardino County’s foster care system. There are more than 5,700 foster kids in our county. These are the kids who need love and attention their own parents can’t give them.
CASA — the Court Appointed Special Advocates — gives them a voice.
“Since 1984, CASA of San Bernardino County has served foster youth by recruiting qualified volunteers for the youth, mentoring and advocating for them,” said Board President Kent Paxton.
Posted on 09/12/2016
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By Michel Nolan, The Sun on 08/25/2016
Faith has an old soul.
She is acutely aware of the needs of foster children in the San Bernardino County foster care system.
She’s been there.
So if you were to ask her why she raises money for gifts for these foster children at Christmas, she would tell you she’s been in their shoes.