Thank you for in taking the first step in learning how you can help foster youth.

Before the recent fires in the North Bay, the Greater Bay Area was already facing a critical shortage in the number of caring homes available for foster youth. With thousands of homes destroyed in the recent fires, the housing situation for foster youth is even more dire.

If you or anyone you know has ever considered becoming a foster parent, there is no better time to offer your support.

Please contact your local human services agency to learn more; you can find your county program here: http://www.cdss.ca.gov/County-Offices#s

Another way you can improve a foster child’s life is by becoming CASA volunteer.

There are 7,000 Bay Area children and teens in foster care, who have entered the system due to abuse, abandonment, or neglect. Foster youths’ lives are full of uncertainty. They can change homes and schools multiple times a year, falling behind academically.

Outcomes for foster youth greatly improve when they have the caring advocacy of a CASA volunteer.

Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA volunteers, are often the only consistent, caring adult in a foster child’s life. These volunteers speak up for the child’s best interests. CASA programs train members of our community to become CASA volunteers, and support them during their volunteer service.

With just 10-20 hours per month, you can change a foster child’s life.

Choose the CASA program most convenient to your home or office and sign up to attend a volunteer information session.

      *For a list of the 44 CASA programs throughout California, click here.

       

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      There are 7,000 foster children in our Bay Area communities, removed from their homes through no fault of their own. In a life full of uncertainty and endless change, you can be one consistent and caring adult. Learn about the power of a CASA volunteer in the video below.