On October 6, 2011, more than 120 guests gathered at the Lafayette Park Hotel to celebrate retired Judge Richard Patsey for founding CASA of Contra Costa County 30 years ago. The event raised more than $30,000 for CASA – Thank you to our sponsors, supporters, guests and volunteers! To learn more about CASA, scroll down, below the picture gallery…
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Learn more about CASA of Contra Costa County, the 2011 Bar Fund Grant Recipient:
Each year, children in Contra Costa County come under the care of the Juvenile Court as victims of abuse and neglect. These children, categorized as low-income dependents of the court, can spend years moving from one foster home to another. Research shows they are more likely than other children to face lasting trauma, homelessness, unemployment and even prison as adults. This is a tragedy that takes a tremendous toll on our communities. Yet there is hope!
CASA provides a lifeline for these children and yields positive results. Our mission is to recruit, train and support community volunteers who advocate for the most vulnerable children who are victims of abuse or neglect. CASA volunteers prevent them from becoming lost in an overburdened legal and child welfare system. Most importantly, CASA volunteers help them so they can become healthy, contributing members of the community, instead of crime statistics. Our volunteers make real the hope that one person can make a difference. CASA of Contra Costa County is a 501c3, nonprofit organization and for the last 30 years, CASA has been the “child’s voice in court,” serving thousands of children in our community.
CASA volunteers are not attorneys, but rather they are citizen advocates. They are ordinary people from various walks of life who do extra-ordinary things in the lives of abused and neglected children in our community.
Our volunteers provide on average 15 hours a month in service to their child, they prepare court reports, attend court and hearings with the child and ensure that these children are receiving needed health, education, and therapeutic services, positive social and recreational opportunities, and consistent, caring support.
Last year, our CASA volunteer advocates provided over 17,000 hours of service to the 148 children we served in 2010-2011. No other children’s service organization uses volunteers in such a unique and powerful way.
If you are interested in learning more about the CASA program please contact our Recruitment Coordinator, Gina Turturici at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (925) 256-7284 ext 7