Fresno Mayor Lee Brand and CASA Executive Director Wilma Hashimoto. Photo via CASA
Written by The Business Journal Staff
One of the busiest child service nonprofits in the Central Valley is being recognized with its own commemorative day.
Announced on Monday, today is officially “CASA Awareness Day” in Fresno and Madera, with the hopes of raising awareness on the needs of the Valley’s foster children. CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, is a national organization of volunteer advocates who serve as a consistent adult presence for children who have been removed from their homes due to neglect and/or abuse. This work includes court appearances, along with the provision of support for them in school and life.
“This is a great step for our community’s foster youth, and I am grateful to all of the hardworking volunteers who have brought us to this point,” said Wilma Hashimoto, executive director of CASA. “I am looking forward to a future of helping even more children through this proclamation.”
Currently, CASA serves 250 foster children in Fresno and Madera counties.