Last year there were more than 5,000 allegations of child abuse and neglect in Merced County.
As of February 1, 2014 there were more than 700 local children in the Merced County foster care system because of parental abuse or neglect. Each day they face uncertainty and trauma, their lives a sea of ever-changing professionals who, although well-meaning, are nonetheless strangers - police, social workers, foster parents, therapists, judges, lawyers and many others.
This is where CASA steps in. When the court appoints a CASA for a child, there is one person consistently there for them, one person whose focus and reassuring presence does not change. A CASA makes a difference in the life of a child.
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