CASA of Contra Costa County - Concord, CA
CASA volunteers advocate one-on-one for abused and neglected children and youth in foster care to make sure they do not get lost in the over-burdened legal system or languish in an inappropriate placement. They are their voice in court and speak up for the child or youth’s best interests during the dependency process. Volunteers help reduce delays and continuances and stay with each case until it is closed and the child or youth is placed in a safe, permanent home.
CASA volunteers may be the only reliable and stable presence in a child’s life to help encourage, support, and motivate them to keep going.
Only 48% of foster children graduate from high school. 100% of our CASA-supported youth graduated from high school or are still in school. Less than 10% of foster children who graduate will go to college. 67% of our children who graduated with a CASA went to college or received post-secondary education.
That’s the difference a CASA volunteer makes for a child’s education and future. CASA volunteers also help the community in a profound way. Not only do children with CASA volunteers have higher graduation rates, but they also have a lower rate of being homeless or committing a crime.
CASA of Contra Costa County is committed to reducing the number of children and youth who are on our wait list who need a CASA volunteer TODAY. We advocate for the rights and needs of all children and youth, regardless of race, religion, disability or sex and working on increasing public awareness of CASA and the needs of abused and neglected children and youth.
This organization has great outcomes for the foster children they support. Although less than half of foster children graduate from high school or earn a GED, 100% of CASA kids graduate from high school, earn a GED or are still in school. In addition, of those who graduate, more than 50% go onto college or trade school compared to less than 10% of foster children overall. CASA provides training and ongoing support so any responsible adult can be a CASA volunteer (with a background check and completion of training).