Child Advocates of Silicon Valley has helped foster children have better outcomes since 1986. They’ve done this by matching foster children with a trained Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).
These dedicated community volunteers spend time with the child and become a trusted friend, mentor, and consistent adult presence in that child’s life, speaking up for them in dependency court hearings.
Since 1986, Child Advocates has matched over 16,000 children with an advocate.
Their success is clear:
71% of Child Advocates’ Children ages 3 to 5 are enrolled in preschool, compared to only 23% of all 3-5-year-old children in the Santa Clara County dependency system
95% of Child Advocate Youth completed their high school requirements compared with less than 50% of foster children nationwide.
When a CASA is assigned to a foster child, more educational, therapeutic, medical services are ordered for children and families.
In four out of five cases, all or almost all volunteer CASA recommendations are accepted by the judge.