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National and State CASA Programs

National CASA Association

Advocacy Resources

California CASA Association


Child Abuse Information

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information

The Clearinghouse is a national resource for professionals and others seeking information on child abuse and neglect and child welfare.

Child Abuse Prevention Network

Childhelp USA
Childhelp USA® is dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused and neglected children. It does this by focusing its efforts and resources upon treatment, prevention, and research.

Children’s Defense Fund
Concentrating on the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities, the Children’s Defense Fund stresses the importance of preventative investment in children.

Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
An association of nearly 1,000 public and private non-profit agencies, the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) is the largest publisher of child welfare materials including general trade books, child advocacy books, the Child Welfare journal, and the Children’s Voice magazine.


Children and the Law

National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues

ABA Center on Children and the Law

Children’s Rights, Inc.
A leading litigator on behalf of abused/neglected children and kids languishing in foster care, this organization has helped prod considerable reform throughout the country by use of statewide or local class action law suits, brought with the help of local child advocates.

National Center for Youth Law
A private, non-profit law office serving the legal needs of children and their families.

Foster Youth Rights

California Youth Connection

The Children’s Defense Fund
The Children’s Defense Fund has compiled state-by-state fact sheets on children in foster care, as an advocacy tool for programs serving vulnerable children on the state and federal levels.

Juvenile Dependency Court Orientation
This video is an introduction to the court process. It describes detention, jurisdiction, disposition, and review hearings.


Child Advocacy

Voices for America’s Children

Best Interests– The E-Magazine for Children’s Advocates


Continuing Education

Note: Speak to your Volunteer Supervisor / Case Manager regarding collecting Continuing Education / Hours credit before accruing them.

National CASA Conference Audio Clips
For example 1) Animal Cruelty, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence: a Toxic Triangle 2) Conflict Management 3) Facing the Methamphetamine Epidemic 4) Keys to Best Practices for Non-Native Advocates for Native Children 5) Successful Advocacy and Intervention for Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder 6) Speaking Out for Rural Children & Families 7) The Power of Education in a Child’s Life 8) Domestic Violence and the Impact on Children).

Transitional Services Information PDF File
(Link to section of Sonoma CASA’s Summer 2005 newsletter discussing transitional services.)

Sonoma County Superior Court Juvenile Dependence Court Info

Juvenile Dependency Court Information Website

Sonoma County Department of Child Support Services

Santa Rosa Junior College Independent Living Program

I Can Afford College


Education Advocacy

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth

Online Colleges in California

College Affordability Guide

California College Pathways website for students

Foster Youth Educational Planning Guide

Accredited Online Schools Financial Aid Guide

Accredited Online Schools Guide to Affordable Colleges

Accredited Online Colleges That Offer Laptops

Guide to College to LGBTQ Students

The Most Affordable Online Colleges of 2017


Drug and Alcohol Use for Teens

Teen Drub Abuse and Addiction Web Resource

Co-occurring Disorders Leading to Substance Abuse


Cultural Competence Resources

CASA and Immigration Advocacy March 2017
In California, CASA volunteers, “represent the best interests of the children involved, and consider the best interests of the family.” Therefore these FAQs are written from that perspective, in order to help CASA volunteers in California advocate for children and youth affected by immigration law and policy.


CASA Book and Film List – suggestions from National CASA

Book List

Film List


Successful Transitions into Adulthood

Foster Care Transition Toolkit
Take a look at this toolkit developed by the U.S. Department of Education to create support for young adults pursuing college and career opportunities. (PDF, 66 pages, link above)


Physical & Mental Health

Foster Youth Wellness Website
The website was designed to help foster youth and the adults in their lives learn more about pursuing wellness by providing links to youth friendly wellness resources. The Foster Youth Wellness Website consists of a home page, eight dimensions of wellness, a crisis resource page, and a printable documents page which lists all the documents referenced throughout the website.


Mental Health Tips for Survivors of Disaster or Traumatic Event ~ Each Mind Matters

Each Mind Matters campaign is California’s mental health movement and their goal is raise awareness about mental health, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and prevent suicides.

It is always essential to take care of our mental health, but especially during times of tragedy.  This block includes a few resources to share with staff and community members as well as a reminder, and tools, to practice self-care.



California Anti-Bullying Laws
Take a look at California laws and regulations, it’s full of helpful links, definitions, prevention, and action plans.

Bully-free: how to be an advocate
Do you know a child who is being bullied? Learn ways to advocate with schools to provide effective anti-bullying programs.

Social Media Cyber-Bullying: Take a look at these tips to keep your youth safe on social media.
Online Safety and Security Tips for Children, Teens, and Young Adults. Our culture, and the use of social media, has led to bullying becoming more normalized than ever before.