We speak up to protect abused and neglected children in foster care.
San Francisco CASA transforms the lives of abused and neglected foster youth by providing one consistent, caring volunteer advocate, trained to address each child’s needs in the court and the community.
That every child has a safe and loving home and is given the opportunity to thrive.
Through advocacy and mentorship, the San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocate Program empowers community members to stand up for a foster child and champion their rights in court.
a nation-wide crisis faces our foster youth
- 60,000 children are in foster care in California.
1,000 of those children are in foster care in San Francisco alone.
- The average child spends nearly 2 years in foster care
- By 18, many of these children have lived in multiple homes, attended an average of 9 different schools and worked with 7 different social workers.
- Disruption and change are traumatizing youth in the system designed to keep them safe.
Citizen Volunteers are the Local Solution
- 263 abused and neglected children have an SFCASA volunteer speaking up for their best interests.
- 700 children are still waiting for a CASA to advocate for their needs.
- SFCASA aims to serve 400 youth annually by 2020.
Brighter Futures For Every Child
- One year of SFCASA advocacy costs less than one month of foster care.
- CASAs help foster children find safe, permanent homes.
- A child with a CASA is half as likely to re-enter the foster care system.
- With a CASA as an educational advocate, a child in foster care is more likely to succeed in school and beyond.