Child Advocates of Silicon Valley

What We Do

Our Purpose

To recruit, train and support volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to work one-on-one with foster children, providing critical emotional and educational support, ensuring each child’s needs are met and their voice heard while navigating the court dependency system.

Our Approach

Strength based, child centered, asset building, trauma informed

8 KEY AREAS OF SUPPORT: Our agency is known for its innovative methods of achieving positive outcomes for foster youth. We incorporate the renowned “Developmental Assets” approach into the training and supervision of volunteer CASAs. Our “8 Keys of Support “ system guides CASAs by categorizing their work with foster youth into areas of support that are directly related to Developmental Assets, a long standing evidence-based approach to supporting healthy youth development.

Our “8 Key Areas of Support” are:

  • Education Support
  • Trust and Relationship Building
  • Self-Esteem Building
  • Healthy Choices and Behaviors
  • Developmental Milestones/Independent Living Skills
  • New Experiences
  • Cultural and Community Events
  • Extracurricular Activities

The 8 Keys of Support and our trauma-informed, strength based, child centered, asset-building approach have been shared with the California and National CASA networks as best practice and was published in the New Social Worker online magazine in October 2014. 

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