What is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)?

Consistent Presence

Children in foster care have experienced abuse and neglect. Once they enter the dependency system, their world suddenly includes court hearings, social workers, attorneys, and often new homes and schools. Amidst it all, a CASA is the one consistent, caring presence for a child.



From helping a child get glasses to ensuring their records transfer to new schools, a CASA is an expert problem-solver who makes things happen. With resources provided by Voices for Children, CASAs work alongside social workers, caregivers, attorneys, and other professionals to make sure nothing falls through the cracks.


At regular intervals, CASAs report on children’s progress and needs. A CASA is able to help the judge understand not only the child’s needs, but also what they like to do, what their favorite color is, or why they are struggling in school. This individualized advocacy helps judges make the most informed decisions for each child’s future.

Founded in San Diego in 1980, Voices for Children is a private, nonprofit organization that recruits, trains, and supports Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers who speak up for the needs and well-being of children in foster care. In 2015, Voices for Children expanded to serve children in Riverside County foster care. As the only agency designated by the courts to provide CASA volunteers in San Diego and Riverside Counties, Voices for Children’s CASAs play a crucial role in helping judges make the most informed decisions for children’s futures.

Our Mission
We transform the lives of abused, abandoned, or neglected children by providing them with trained, volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs).

Proven Track Record
Since our founding in 1980, we continue to hone our program and innovate to provide the highest quality advocacy to children. Read about our impact and how our program has grown and progressed.

Dedicated Leadership
The stories of our children and the commitment of our CASAs drive our staff and our board every day.
Meet our staff leadership and our Board of Directors.

Nationally Recognized
A member of the National CASA/GAL Association, Voices for Children is consistently ranked among the top CASA programs out of nearly 1,000 programs nationwide. Learn more about the CASA Model.

  • Only organization designated by the courts in San Diego and Riverside Counties to provide CASA volunteers
  • Member of National CASA/GAL Association
  • Member of California CASA Association
  • Live Well San Diego Partner
  • Service Enterprise Organization
  • CASA program for the Pechanga Band of Indians
  • Adhere to the “Trauma-Informed Care Code of Conduct” across our programs (code developed by The San Diego Foundation, Clinton Foundation, and the County of San Diego with input from local foster youth)
Q What is a CASA?

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASAs are volunteers of all backgrounds who make a commitment to advocate for the needs of the child or sibling group with whom they are matched. A CASA gets to know a child’s situation, communicates with professionals on the case, and makes sure the child’s needs are being met. Over time, a CASA often becomes the most consistent person in a child’s life. At regular court hearings required for all children in foster care, our CASAs report on the children’s progress and needs, which is essential for judges to make the best decisions for their futures.

Our Children Need You
This year, an estimated 3,500 children will spend time in foster care in San Diego County and 4,000 will spend time in foster care in Riverside County after experiencing abuse or neglect. These children need you to speak up for them.

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