What is CASA?
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Merced County is a non-profit organization that trains community volunteers to serve as powerful advocates for our community's most vulnerable at-risk children and youth.
Each year there are approximately 5,600 allegations of child abuse and neglect in Merced County, with more than 700 substantiated findings. Many children are removed from their home and placed in unfamiliar surroundings. They desperately need someone to advocate for their best interests; someone who will be consistently by their side throughout the time they spend in the foster care system. These children need to have their voices heard in Court. A CASA volunteer can do just that.