What We Do
The CASA Mission
Ensuring consistency and support for children in the foster care system through the use of volunteer advocates advancing the best interests of each child.
The CASA Vision
Every child in need is appointed a CASA to champion them in Court, without compromise, on the path to a safe and permanent home.
What is CASA
We believe that all children have the right to a home with loving people to care for them. But each year in the United States, children are abused, neglected or abandoned by their families. They are removed from their homes and placed in foster care or institutions. Eventually, they end up in court. Their only “crime” is that they have been victims. It is up to the judge to decide their future.
Should they remain in foster care? Be reunited with parents? Or be adopted? In these cases, many children also become victims a second time, lost in an overburdened child welfare system that cannot pay close attention to each child.
That’s where CASA comes in. CASA Volunteers are Court Appointed Special Advocates for children – trained community volunteers appointed by a judge as Officers of the court to speak up for children in juvenile court, and to help to humanize the often frightening and confusing child welfare and legal systems for these children.
What We Do
Nearly 60,000 of California’s children are in foster care because they have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. In many cases these children become victims a second time — in an overburdened child welfare system that cannot pay close attention to each child whose life is in its hands.
The volunteer gets to know the child and then lets the judge and others in the child welfare system know the child’s perspective and the child’s needs.
For additional information regarding the work of a CASA see the Everyday Heroes video.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT
CASA Sacramento is an equal employment opportunity employer and strives to comply with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, marital status, medical condition, family care status, sexual orientation, sexual identification, as well as any other category protected by federal, state, or local laws. All such discrimination is unlawful and all persons involved in the operations of CASA Sacramento are prohibited from engaging in this type of conduct.
In accordance with applicable federal and state law protecting qualified individuals with known disabilities, CASA Sacramento will attempt to reasonably accommodate those individuals unless doing so would create an undue hardship on CASA Sacramento. Any qualified applicant or Employee with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to perform the essential functions of the job should contact the Executive Director and request an accommodation.