Every Child Needs An Advocate

Wende Nichols Julien
CEO, C.A.S.A. of Los Angeles

"I think about the ways people can become involved in solving this dilemma that is the foster care system. We need people with all levels of commitment to help." - Wende Nichols Julien

A Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, is someone who advocates for and mentors abused and neglected children in foster care. CASAs are extensively trained and later sworn in by judges, to make sure children in foster care don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system. Wende Nichols Julien, CEO of CASA of Los Angeles, is a champion for foster youth and is also a fellow foster-to-adopt mom. Here she explains how becoming a CASA will likely be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

Learn More About CASAs

CASA volunteers devote their attention to one child, spending time with them weekly, closely monitoring their situation and ensuring their needs are met. CASA volunteers provide companionship and consistency, while getting to know the child and encouraging special interests. Too many people come in and out of these children’s lives. A CASA’s role is to remain with their child until the case is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many foster children, their CASA volunteer will be the only constant adult presence in their lives – the one person who is not paid to oversee their welfare. To hear more about becoming a CASA, visit our Get Involved page.

Why Not You?

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.

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