Associations: Non Profit
CASA of San Luis Obispo County advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the court system. CASA recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers who advocate for this vulnerable population with the goal of ensuring that each and every child grows up in a safe, nurturing, and permanent home. Children served by San Luis Obispo County CASA come from your community–they live in our neighborhoods, play on our teams, attend our churches. There are hundreds of these children in our county. Children who have done nothing wrong but were let down by someone they should have been able to count on to protect them. It is a violation of the most basic of trust.
Who helps this child rebuild trust? The CASA volunteer.
The CASA volunteer accepts responsibility for one child (or sibling group) and becomes that child’s voice in the system. More importantly, they are the child’s friend. The CASA volunteer is unique–working in the system without being from the system. In this volunteer role, the CASA volunteer visits the child(ren) regularly and also talks to the parents, teachers, caseworkers, doctors, and therapists to learn all perspectives and share an unbiased view of the child’s situation with the judge. CASA volunteers help kids through the system safely, quickly, and more effectively. Children with a CASA volunteer do better in school and are more likely to find a safe, permanent home.
All too often, the CASA volunteer is the only constant adult in the child’s life during a frightening, uncertain time of seemingly endless changes.