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“These foster kids have lost trust. The people they trusted most in their lives got them into this mess — foster care, group homes. It’s my job to teach these kids to trust again.”

Pat Cahill, CASA OC Volunteer

CASA of Orange County is a member of the National CASA/GAL Association for Children. At our chapter, the mission is focused solely and completely on the children of Orange County, California. We are a privately-funded non-profit organization that serves severely abused, neglected and abandoned children through the recruitment, training, and continued support of volunteers who advocate and mentor these children, representing their best interest in the courtroom and other settings.

“I am the only person in my CASA child’s life who isn’t paid,” says Joy Winger, a CASA volunteer. “Everyone in a foster child’s life is paid: their therapist, their foster parents, their social worker. These kids know that. But when a CASA volunteer comes and says, ‘I am here, just for you,’ that is life-changing.”

We believe that the protection of our children is a fundamental obligation of our society and therefore our advocates and staff will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and to live in a healthy environment where they can learn and grow.

At CASA of Orange County, our mantra is I am for the Child. Being a CASA means helping to support and protect the rights of our county’s valued children and to give them the nurturing and stability that they deserve.

“Foster kids have a view that adults are there to ‘deal with them.’ I’m there because I want to be there.”

Joy Winger, CASA 2015 Advocate of the Year

Founded in 1985, with major support from the Junior League of Orange County, we serve annually approximately 800 of the children who move through our court system as a direct cause of abuse and neglect. We are able to serve these children through the generous support of those who donate to CASA as well as the immeasurable compassion and commitment of our CASAs and other volunteers.

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