Child Abuse Is Real:
"Today, more than 420,000 children in the US foster care system struggle with issues including sibling separation, permanency, education and reunification. I was once one of these statistics- a young person who spent five years in foster care, uncertain of what my future would hold."
- A former foster child.
Thousands of child abuse reports are made in Ventura County each year. Many of these children enter the foster care system. Once this occurs, the dependency court judge appoints the most severely affected of these children to the CASA program.
CASA is a unique non profit organization which recruits, screens and trains community volunteers to become the voices of these children who find themselves in court through no fault of their own.
Ventura County CASA has existed since 1985 when a group of concerned judges, attorneys and community members felt that objective, caring, support for these children during court proceedings and out of home placement was necessary.The CASA advocate, as an officer of the court, is the eyes and ears of the court, reporting to the judge and attorneys the child's progress and needs.