CASA of Alameda County was established in 1987. The CASA program has chapters across the nation. The effort was started in the late 1070’s, early 1980’s because of reports of a number of foster youth being lost in the judicial system.
The CASA Program provides one-on-one court advocacy to abused, neglected, or abandoned children who are dependents of the juvenile court. The children are part of the system through no fault of their own; many have been removed from their families due to the abuse they have suffered.
CASA serves abused, neglected, or abandoned children by recruiting, training, and supervising adult volunteers who are appointed by a juvenile court judge to speak for the best interests of the child. They also aid the judge in finding the child a safe, permanent home.
John Anyosa is the Volunteer coordinator for CASA of Alameda County. Kayla is an Ambassador for Youth Speaks. She grew up in foster care.
The “I Am For The Child” annual fundraising breakfast is at Scott’s Seafood Restaurant in Oakland on April 24th.