Celebrating 30 Years

It is said that local CASA directors who ran county-wide programs, recognized the need for a state office that could grow and strengthen the CASA network. Together, they formed California CASA Association in 1987. Through persistence, partnership, and passion for our mission, our grassroots network of CASA programs has grown to serve children and courts […]

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Calaveras County Launches First CASA Program 

We’re excited to announce that in August 2017, Calaveras County became the 51st county in the state to establish a CASA program. Over the last year, volunteers, representatives from community agencies, and the Calaveras County Superior Court partnered to form the new Calaveras County CASA program. With an estimated 150 children in dependency each year and the numbers growing steadily due to the prevalence of substance abuse in the rural county of 45,000, a CASA program was critically needed. […]

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Patience and Preserverance: CASA Mark’s Story

When Mark was first assigned to work with Brandon, the young man was homeless and heavily using substances to address untreated mental health issues. Brandon didn’t want to accept the housing options that were available to him, and he often didn’t show up for his scheduled meetings with his social worker. It took Mark three-and-a-half months of weekly outreach to Brandon before they met in person for the first time. […]

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