CASA of San Mateo County Fall Fest

Fall is here! Please join our CASA Family at our 2018 Fall Fest. Monday, October 22, 2018, from 6-8 PM in the Shoreway Conference room in the 350 building across from the CASA office. Bring your CASA youth to enjoy games, face painting, trick or treating, food and fun. We encourage you to join our staff in wearing a costume, however not required.

 This is a CASA event for all ages you will not want to miss!

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 CASA's who are not assigned a case are encouraged to participate and network with fellow CASA Volunteers, Staff, Auxiliary and Board Members.


Please RSVP by Thursday, October 18th, 2018


  We look forward to seeing all of you!

Working with Adult Weary Children and Youth


Our CASA volunteers make a commitment to work with children in the foster care system, serving as advocates and mentors.  This is hard work that comes with inherent challenges.  The primary challenge is how to build trust with children who have become distrustful of adults, children who have not always had reasons to trust that adults will come through for them.

That is why we at CASA of San Mateo County works hard to prepare and support our volunteers for the basic task of building trust with children who have experienced multiple traumas in their lives.  Luckily, we tend to attract volunteers who have the emotional intelligence and relationship skills necessary to do this work well.  While many, but not all, of the children we serve have processed their traumas in a way that has led to difficulty trusting adults, the blog post below, intended for educators, is a great reminder of why children from the most difficult backgrounds put up the greatest barriers to interpersonal connection.  These two citations from the post are particularly good reminders: 

The behavior of relationship-resistant youth is functional and purposeful. In other words, the young person is trying to accomplish something and the adult’s challenge is to detect what that might be (Anderson & Seita, 2005).

Problem behavior is often a means of coping with a world filled with danger, abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Seen in that light, problems can be a sign of health, energy, self-preservation, and self-determination. ( Seita, 2005)



Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade

Dressed in patriotic colors, CASA staff, volunteers and friends had a wonderful time participating in our third Hillsborough Memorial Day parade. Thanks to the generosity of Recology, the group waved from a vintage truck which proudly displayed our CASA banner.  Inspired by Red Nose Day, the annual campaign held in May that raises funds to support children in poverty, CASA tossed red rubber noses from the truck. “The kids in the crowd were really excited to catch a red nose and put it on,” said Brigitte Greenstone, CASA’s Development Associate. “We really appreciated the opportunity to ride in the parade and spread the word about CASA’s work on behalf of abused and neglected children.” 

Want a chance to ride on a float? We invite you to participate in this fun-filled tradition next Memorial Day! 

Foster Children Need Male Role Models

The Daily Journal just ran a piece highlighting the need for male CASA volunteers in the Bay Area.  While roughly 50% of the children in the foster care system are boys, only 19% of our volunteers are male.  Attracting men to sign up as CASA volunteers is a challenge nationally.  For whatever reason, more women come to our program (thank you, ladies).  The men we do get are top notch and have the same depth of participation and engagement as the women.  Organizationally, we are working hard to get more men in the door.

Part of that effort is a collaboration among 10 Bay Area CASA programs to target male recruitment to move needle on male CASA volunteers.  On our press page you will find a press release highlighting this effort.  

From Incarceration to Education

CASA volunteers find themselves playing a critical role in supporting a sorely needed post-secondary education program for juvenile offenders.  For nearly three months a group of CASA volunteers found themselves at the Youth Service Center (YSC) every Tuesday and Thursday morning.