Together, we can make a difference
Dear Friends of CASA,
Now, more than ever, it is crucial that children in foster care have a trusted adult who can assure that they are safe, and their needs are being met. Today there are over 100 children in the child welfare system in Marin County. CASAs are often the one consistent adult in a foster child’s journey through the system.
How we respond to today’s circumstances will define us as a community for years to come. We hope that you will give generously to Marin CASA when you are seeking meaningful ways to make a difference. We need your help to make certain that a youth does not face trauma, confusion and the complexities of the courtroom alone.
While much of the world stopped due to the pandemic, our mission has not been placed on hold. There are many ways, big and small, that CASAs are maintaining and building connections from afar, supporting the most vulnerable members of our community. Our CASAs have found creative ways to meet with children; using technology, dropping off care packages, or their favorite food, and when Shelter in Place restrictions were lifted, connecting through socially distanced in-person visits.
Our CASAs are looking ahead to the issues exposed as a result of this pandemic, such as identifying educational resources to address the challenges their children have experienced with remote learning. And we continue to write and submit court reports, sharing vital information that our judge relies on to make informed decisions that reflect the child’s best interests.
Our staff and board members are committed to supporting the extraordinary work of our volunteers, and to recruiting and training (virtually) new CASAs, so that we can meet the needs of the children we are appointed to serve. Sadly, history shows us that child abuse, domestic violence and mental health crises increase with heightened family stress. We are anticipating an increase in referrals to the child abuse hotline and it is critical that we have enough CASA Volunteers available to meet that need.
Because we are unable to hold our annual gala this year our only means to raise the significant funds we need to do this truly important work is via this campaign. Our goal is to raise $150,000. We are fortunate to have a matching grant for $50,000. This assures that all donations will be matched up to that level.
Please give generously. By supporting Marin CASA you are helping us to reach our goal that every child in the Marin County Child Welfare System has a CASA Volunteer.
Thank you for being part of our community. Together we can make a difference, one child at a time.
About Marin CASA
Our goal is to see every child live in a safe, permanent and supportive home.
To reach our goal, the Marin CASA program recruits, screens, trains and supervises volunteers who play a critical role in providing a voice for children in the courtroom. Our highly trained, court-appointed volunteers are responsible for making recommendations to the court for the safety, permanence and well-being of every child assigned a CASA.
Our CASA volunteers remain with their child from the beginning to the end of the case and advocate for their child’s fundamental needs including: medical, mental health, educational, cultural and permanent placements. They review records, research information and talk to everyone involved in their CASA child’s life. CASAs have contact with social workers, attorneys, parents, teachers, family members, foster parents, health professional and, of course, the children themselves. They establish a relationship with their child, getting to know his or her unique history while providing consistency and stability during an extremely difficult time in that child’s life.