Jason Roach is a CASA Volunteer or Court Appointed Special Advocate with CASA of Los Angeles. In this touching video, Jason shares just how important the impact that mentoring can have on the life of Los Angeles’ foster youth population. More than 30,000 youth are in foster care in LA and many don’t have any support or guidance from adults to succeed into adulthood.
Learn More About CASAs
Many children in the foster care system don’t have a lot of opportunities to advocate for themselves. A CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate, provides a powerful voice for youth in the child welfare system. CASAs work to ensure that these youth are safe, have a permanent home and an opportunity to thrive. Through a unique one-on-one relationship, CASAs visit with a child on a regular basis, interacts with all professionals involved in the child’s case and makes recommendations directly to the court, ensuring the child’s best interests are heard. A CASA will also address a child’s educational needs and provide the resources necessary for an independent future. As extraordinary as they are, CASA volunteers are ordinary people – men and women, students and executives, retirees and busy professionals. To learn more becoming a CASA, visit our Get Involved page.
Why Not You?
Volunteering as a mentor or becoming an informal mentor to a young person is a valuable step in positively affecting your community. It only takes one caring adult to make a difference in the life of a foster youth. Find out how you can get involved at ToFosterChange.org.