27 years of commitment to foster youth
Our vision is that every child has a safe and loving home and is given the opportunity to thrive.
San Francisco CASA is a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to training and supporting Court Appointed Special Advocates who serve San Francisco County's foster children. Since our founding in 1991 with our first graduating class of 11 volunteers, we have trained over 2,700 CASAs and empowered everyday citizens in San Francisco to become officers of the court, serving as advocates for abused and neglected youth in foster care.
Our volunteers help foster children by advocating for safe and permanent homes, addressing urgent needs related to healthcare and education, and developing permanent connections within communities to ensure that support will continue even after a youth has left foster care.
We are committed to providing one-on-one volunteer advocacy and mentorship for foster youth. Today, we have 286 volunteers who have provided services to 301 court-dependent children and adolescents in the past year.
These youth face huge odds stacked against them. From mental health issues and emotional disturbance caused by trauma to educational challenges that keep more than half of California's foster children from graduating high school, from insufficient placements to high rates of unemployment and homelessness after leaving care, it can seem nearly impossible for foster children to find their place. A CASA helps fight against the odds, increasing the chances for a child in foster care to lead a healthy, happy life in a safe and permanent home.
The national CASA network has grown to more than 75,000 CASA and guardian ad litem volunteers, serving 240,000 abused and neglected children nationwide.