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Change A Child’s Story

Our Children
Our Community
Our Reponsibility

What is CASA
of the Eastern Sierra?

Court Appointed Special Advocated (CASA) provides trained volunteers to be champions for the individualized best interests of children in Foster Care in Inyo and Mono counties.

Although we don’t have hundreds of children in foster care in Inyo and Mono Counties the ones we do have are no less worthy of having an advocate to help them along their journey.

OUR MISSION

The mission of CASA is to ensure a safe, permanent and nurturing home for every abused and/or neglected child in the Eastern Sierra by providing a highly-trained volunteer to advocate for them within the dependency court system.

Why CASA?

Each day in California, approximately 70 children join the state’s population of nearly 80,000 children in foster care. These children were abused or neglected and then removed from their families and the place they called home. Though they have social workers and lawyers, these professionals can and do change during the course of a child’s case.

A CASA volunteer is a dependable, caring adult who stays with a child throughout the duration of their case, working with the professionals to ensure their child’s voice is heard. They are appointed by a judge to be ‘the eyes and ears’ of the court. CASA volunteers offer a neutral, third-party opinion to the court, one that is unbiased and child-focused.

What does a CASA do?

A CASA Volunteer is a consistent support for a child in their time of crisis. Advocates care deeply and work for the best interest of children who enter the court system as a result of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Advocates form a relationship with their assigned child and interview parents, teachers, social workers, and anyone who might have insight into the needs, challenges, and strengths of the child. Volunteers work as part of a team (with professionals) to ensure the child’s best interests are being met.

Why CASA?

Each day in California, approximately 70 children join the state’s population of nearly 80,000 children in foster care. These children were abused or neglected and then removed from their families and the place they called home. Though they have social workers and lawyers, these professionals can and do change during the course of a child’s case.

A CASA volunteer is a dependable, caring adult who stays with a child throughout the duration of their case, working with the professionals to ensure their child’s voice is heard. They are appointed by a judge to be ‘the eyes and ears’ of the court. CASA volunteers offer a neutral, third-party opinion to the court, one that is unbiased and child-focused.

What does a CASA do?

A CASA Volunteer is a consistent support for a child in their time of crisis. Advocates care deeply and work for the best interest of children who enter the court system as a result of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Advocates form a relationship with their assigned child and interview parents, teachers, social workers, and anyone who might have insight into the needs, challenges, and strengths of the child. Volunteers work as part of a team (with professionals) to ensure the child’s best interests are being met.


Request Information

Submit an Application

All potential advocates must fill out an application, pass background checks, and participate in an “interview” with CASA staff. Get started now!

Download CASA Volunteer Application

Complete Advocate Training

    • Complete 30 hours of training.
    • Participate in a court observation.
    • Get sworn in by the Courts.
    • Get assigned to a child in our community.


Request Information

Submit an Application

All potential advocates must fill out an application, pass background checks, and participate in an “interview” with CASA staff. Get started now!

Download CASA Volunteer Application

Complete Advocate Training

    • Complete 30 hours of training.
    • Participate in a court observation.
    • Get sworn in by the Courts.
    • Get assigned to a child in our community.

CASA Volunteers play a vital role in changing the lives and trajectories of Foster Youth.

CASA Volunteers give a voice to our community’s children who need us the most. Children with a CASA Volunteer are:

  • Half as likely to re-enter foster care
  • Substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care
  • Connected with more Support Services
  • More likely to perform better academically

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY…..

Have the support of a consistent, responsible adult who is not obligated but chooses to be part of their life during a time of great crisis.

 Do you want to help change a child’s story? Get started NOW!
Download CASA Volunteer Application

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