How our CASAs and supporters made a difference for children in FY2020-2021.
Our experiences in childhood shape us.
From familiar smells to relational cues, the earliest memories mold a person’s preferences, outlook, and even brain development. Children who are abused and neglected don’t just experience pain in the moment. They are forever changed by the impact of trauma.
Voices for Children is a private, nonprofit organization that recruits, trains, and supports Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers (CASAs) who speak up for the needs and well-being of children in foster care.
Recognizing the powerful impact of a CASA volunteer, Surgeon General of California Dr. Nadine Burke Harris explained, “It just takes one stable relationship with a caring adult to help reverse the negative impacts on a child who’s experienced abuse or neglect.” For many children in foster care, that relationship is with their CASA.
This year, we reached thousands of children across San Diego and Riverside Counties through the exceptional advocacy of specially-trained CASA volunteers.
Our Impact in FY2020-2021
children served by Voices for Children across San Diego and Riverside Counties
community members served as CASA volunteers
Exceptional advocacy begins with understanding
A CASA’s advocacy is unique because it is based on an individualized understanding of the child’s needs. A CASA spends time with the child and speaks with the child’s teachers, caregivers, therapists, social workers, and others. Equipped with critical information about the child, the CASA then identifies needed resources and advocates for them in court, schools, health care settings, and the community.
Together, we continue to give children a voice.
Service in San Diego County
FY2020-2021 marked 40 years of providing advocacy to children in foster care in San Diego County. As one of the earliest CASA programs in the nation, our San Diego County program remains committed to providing exceptional advocacy to children.
Service in Riverside County
This year marked six years of service to children in foster care in Riverside County. We are proud to have grown to serve even more children in our sixth year and are grateful for the community that has come alongside us to continue providing exceptional advocacy to children.
During FY2020-2021, Voices for Children received generous financial support totaling $8,717,039. Because of you, we were able to serve 3,729 children across San Diego and Riverside Counties.