A Court Appointed Special Advocates program, CASA of San Mateo County pairs foster children with community volunteers who provide one-on-one support, mentoring, and advocacy in the courtroom and beyond.

The more healthy relationships a child has, the more likely he will be able to recover from trauma and thrive. Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love...People, not programs, change people.
— Dr. Bruce Perry

Foster children end up in the system through no fault of their own. These children have been removed from their homes because they have been abused, neglected or abandoned.  Many are taken from their neighborhoods and shuttled between multiple foster homes and different schools in a single year. Left in the care of strangers, many feel frightened and alone.

There are hundreds of foster children here in San Mateo County who lack positive adult relationships and do not have a consistent, caring adult to help them navigate the complicated child welfare system. Without proper support, these children will not finish high school and are at severe risk of homelessness. CASA volunteers are average community members who offer comfort and hope while giving each foster child a chance at the best possible future.  CASA of San Mateo County's mission is to ensure that all abused and neglected children under the protection of the court have a consistent, caring adult to help them reach their full potential.


A big thank you to CASA of Travis County and For the City Network for this video.


Join a national network of more than 76,000 volunteers standing up for the rights of abused and neglected children in their community. You could be one of our many caring, dedicated CASA Volunteers who help children heal from trauma and access the services they need to thrive. 

Learn more about the steps involved in becoming a CASA Volunteer

About Us

Learn more about our organization and activities on behalf of San Mateo County's most vulnerable children.

Learn More →

Get Involved

Ready to take the next step? Become a CASA Volunteer. Or provide us with a financial contribution that will bring us closer to our goal of providing a CASA Volunteer to every child who needs one.

Find out how →