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CASA

Court Appointed Special Advocates of San Joaquin County

Foster Children Face Enormous Challenges

 

How Does CASA Help?

By recruiting and training volunteers to advocate to kids in foster care the CAPC is actively working to change these statistics for San Joaquin County foster kids. Our Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers ensure that foster children are not forgotten, but rather are afforded every opportunity to have a happy and healthy life.

How to Help

Imagine what it must feel like to be thrust into foster care. Life can be scary when it seems nobody cares; when all you have ever known is abuse, neglect or abandonment. CASA volunteers give a priceless gift: someone who really cares–someone dependable who won’t disappoint these children like so many other adults have done in the past.
If you cannot give 10-15 hours a month to be a CASA volunteer, please consider giving a gift to CASA of San Joaquin to make our transformational work possible. You may not be able to foster but you can change the life of a young child. Your gift will help the Child Abuse Prevention Council keep its commitment giving every child the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving environment.

Learn more about becoming a CASA

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Beth Lambdin's Story

After five months of building a relationship with my CASA kid, I had to take a trip to New York City and I missed our weekly get together. The following week when I returned, Joey* kept clinging to me throughout the whole afternoon. It was so much that after an hour I began to think maybe something was wrong and I needed to ask some questions. I looked down into his sparkling, energetic eyes and said…
“Hey Joey, what’s up? I am noticing that you are more affectionate today than normal… is something going on that you want to talk about?”
He looked up at me with his arms wrapped around my waist and enthusiastically answered – “Oh no Miss Beth, nothing is wrong! It’s just that you are the only one that ever hugs me.”
As he ran off I had to choke back my tears and breath in my disbelief. How can it be that a seven year old boy in foster care only gets hugged once a week? For that matter, how can it be that any child would have to wait once a week to receive affection? At that moment I realized that there were hundreds and hundreds of children in foster care, right here in our own community starving for love, affection and affirmation from a caring adult. And from that moment on Joey has received countless hugs during our times together, but even better he was recently placed in a new foster home with a loving, caring, nurturing….and hugging foster mom!
Please consider giving to the CAPC to keep the hugs and this important work going. With your annual support our CASA volunteers can continue to be the difference. We can’t thank you enough.
Blessings, Beth Lambdin

If You Can't Volunteer, Donate

Your donation can help a change a child’s life.

Are you a CASA? Click to the right for helpful forms and schedules.

Meet the Team

Please contact us with any CASA questions you may have.
Trinidad Newcome
Program Manager
Sylvia Ferreira
Advocate Supervisor
Martina Brothers
Advocate Supervisor
Andy Dominguez
Advocate Supervisor
Beth Lambdin
Recruiter/Trainer
Lidia Gonzalez
Advocate Supervisor

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