CASA of San Joaquin County

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Basic Information

Address: 127 N Sutter Street Stockton, CA 95201
Phone Number: (209) 644-5331
Director: Trinidad Newcomb

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CASA of San Joaquin County
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Additional Information

Causes Served: foster youth, child advocacy
Clearances Required: Yes
Background Check: Yes
Population Served: any
Ages for Volunteer: 21+
Hours of Service: 10-15 per month, 30 hours of initial training
Minimum Hours Required: 10
Days of Service: indefinite
Mission Statement:

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.

Program History:

The History of CASA/GAL Movement
1977: Judge Soukup starts the first CASA/GAL program in Seattle (King County), Washington.
1977: A National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges committee endorses the program as a model for safeguarding a child’s rights to a safe and permanent family.
1978: Judge John F. Mendoza of Nevada suggests the term “court-appointed special advocate” to designate the lay court-appointed volunteers.
1982: The first Annual CASA Conference is held in Nevada, and participants vote to establish the National CASA Association.
1982: The number of CASA/GAL programs reaches 88.
1983: Twenty-nine states have CASA/GAL programs.
1984: The National CASA Association forms in Seattle.
1984: National CASA enters into its first cooperative agreement with the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, which remains our largest funder to date.
1985: President Ronald Reagan presents National CASA with the President’s Volunteer Action Award.
1985: 10,000 children served annually through 159 programs
1987: 40,000 children served by 12,000 volunteers in 271 local programs and 44 states
1988: Tribal courts first begin CASA programs through grants to five tribes.
1989: National CASA becomes Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation’s national charity.
1990: 72,000 children served by 17,000 volunteers in 412 program offices
1991: The CASA program is first authorized in the Victims of Child Abuse Act.
1995: 129,000 children served by 38,000 volunteers in 642 program offices
1996: Congress amends the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to allow the required GAL to be an attorney or CASA volunteer.
1997: The National Bar Association endorses CASA volunteer advocacy.
2000: 174,000 children served by 47,000 volunteers in 900 program offices
2003: National CASA’s partnership with Jewelers for Children, our largest private funder, begins.
2007: CASA network reaches 2 million children served since inception.
2015: National CASA begins a partnership with Akerman LLP, a top law firm.
2016: National CASA Association opens an office in Washington, D.C.