We believe every child should have the opportunity to become a healthy and productive adult.
To be there for every foster child in Silicon Valley who has experienced abuse, neglect and/or abandonment.
A Silicon Valley where every foster child has the nurturing support and resources needed to thrive.
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
is an independent nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization created in 1986. We exist to serve children who are placed in the Santa Clara County Dependency Court System (commonly referred to as foster care) for having experienced trauma in the form of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment. We serve children in foster care by:
- ensuring every child has a caring and stable adult in their life, an Advocate, while navigating the system;
- influencing local policies and decisions that affect the children we serve;
- building enduring community partnerships to broaden and strengthen our impact.
We are also an affiliate of the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association. As an affiliate, we are responsible for operating the CASA program in Santa Clara County according to the national guidelines, which entails recruiting, training and supporting CASA Volunteers.
About the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program
The first CASA program in the nation was created in 1977 to ensure children in foster care, who have experienced abuse or neglect, have a trained volunteer speaking up in the courtroom for their best interests.
All CASA Volunteers are trained community members who are appointed with a court order by a judge to advocate for the best interests of a child in foster care. They stay with each case for up to a year or until the case is closed and the child is in a safe, permanent home. CASA Volunteers work with legal and child welfare professionals, educators, service providers and family members to ensure the child’s voice is heard. Their advocacy enables judges to make the most well-informed decision for each child.
Learn more about our CASA Program.
About the Children We Serve
We serve children aged birth to 21 years old, who have been placed in the Santa Clara County Dependency Court System for having experienced abuse, neglect and/or abandonment.
Roughly half of all foster children experience four or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, ACES are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood such as experiencing violence, abuse, and/or neglect. ACEs have been linked to risky behaviors, chronic health conditions, low life potential and early death.
Our children are some of the most vulnerable in Silicon Valley.
Studies show foster children with an Advocate Volunteer receive more educational and health services; are more likely to find a safe, permanent home; perform better in school; and spend less time in foster care than children without one. Become an Advocate Volunteer.
Having an Advocate – a CASA Volunteer – is the intervention a child needs to reduce the impacts of having experienced trauma.