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Voices For Children Overview

       

                                                                                                                                                  That is My CASA from Voices for Children

Voices for Children is the leading non-profit committed to the belief that very child deserves a safe and permanent home, and to that end, will review and monitor every court file in the system, provide a CASA to every child in the foster care system who needs one, and advocate to improve the lives of foster children. SDPA and its members are proud supporters of Voices for Children and have continued to help promote the mission of Voices for Children through charity events, fundraisers, and volunteering.

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Their Purpose:

  • To provide the highest level training, supervision, and continuing education for volunteers in San Diego County and Riverside County who advocate for the best interests of foster children and provide vital information to judges;
  • To annually review and monitor the case files of every child in foster care in San Diego County;
  • To increase public awareness about the foster care system; and
  • To advocate for legal policies and practices that enhance the quality of life for foster children.

CASA (Court Appointed Specialists Advocates)
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CASAs are Court Appointed Special Advocates. Once a CASA volunteer accepts a case, they are officially appointed by a Juvenile Court judge, authorizing them to become involved in the child’s case and gain access to their records. As the Juvenile Court’s eyes and ears for children in foster care, these volunteer advocates speak up on their child’s behalf and help them through what is often a confusing and scary time.
CASAs act as fact-finders for the judges, who oversee an average of 500 cases, providing them with information that they may never get otherwise. CASAs gather information from Court documents, social workers’ files, and educational, medical, and therapy records. They also speak with the child, family members, school officials, health care providers, and other professionals involved in the child’s life. CASAs use this information, as well as firsthand observations, to advocate for the child in Court and school, and in other aspects of their lives. The CASA’s role is to consider what is in the child’s best interest and to make sure that each child’s individual needs are met.

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The children Voices for Children serve have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Many feel very much alone—until they meet their CASA. While the foster care system comprises many talented and passionate professionals, it is also overburdened. A lawyer may represent 100 or more children, and a social worker may juggle a caseload of more than 25. CASA volunteers devote their attention to one child or a sibling group, closely monitoring each child’s situation and ensuring their needs are met. A CASA is often the only consistent adult presence in a foster child’s life—the one person a child can truly count on who is not paid to oversee their welfare.

 

Benefits for CASAs:

  • Ongoing support from the Voices for Children staff and fellow CASAs
  • Professional experience and personal development through a unique volunteer position that offers networking opportunities and looks great on your résumé
  • Planned children’s activities to which you can bring your case child, including arts and crafts days, holiday parties, and museum outings
  • Exclusive events for CASAs, their families, and friends
  • An official Voices for Children T-shirt
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Most importantly, the opportunity to make a positive impact in a child’s life

For More Information:

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