Child Advocates of Silicon Valley (Milpitas, CA)


  • Name:Ms. Karen Scussel
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
  • Address:509 Valley Way
    Milpitas, CA 95035
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(408)416-0400
  • Main fax:(408)416-0406

Organization Web

User Phone

  • Direct phone:(408)573-5615

User Email


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  • Mission:
  • The American Medical Association states, “A more vulnerable group does not exist than children removed from the custody of their parents and placed in foster care.” Child Advocates of Silicon Valley believes the most effective way to support our most vulnerable children is to provide them with a caring adult who will remain their friend, advocate and mentor throughout their time in the dependency system: a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).

    There are approximately 1,600 children in the Santa Clara County dependency system; Child Advocates reviews the case of each and every one of these children and determines whether they should be matched with a CASA or placed on our waiting list. Today, the agency is in the midst of a 5-year strategic plan to provide a CASA to every foster child in Santa Clara County, or approximately 1,000 children, by year-end 2018.

    Child Advocates' mission is to provide stability and hope to children who have experienced abuse and neglect by being a powerful voice in their lives. Our vision is that every child has a positive view of the future and the opportunity to become a productive, healthy adult.

  • Overview:
  • Child Advocates’ goal to provide all of the county’s foster children with a CASA is based on the fact that foster children with CASAs achieve greater outcomes than those without. Last year, 93% of our youth completed their high school requirements, compared to fewer than 50% of foster children nationwide; and, 73% of Child Advocates’ children ages 3 to 5 were enrolled in pre-school, compared to just 35% of all 3 to 5 year old Santa Clara County foster children.

    Our CASAs make a significant impact on the lives of Santa Clara County foster children, as illustrated in an April, 2015 survey of our volunteers:
    • 94% felt they have made a positive difference in their child’s life
    • 82% provided educational support to their child over the last year
    • 68% saw an improvement in their child’s success at school
    • 88% engaged in healthy eating and physical activities with their child that encouraged a healthy life style
    • 89% felt their court recommendations were fully considered by the judge presiding over their child’s case

    *Survey represents the responses of 47% of all active Advocates in FY15

  • History:
  • Founded in 1986, Child Advocates was modeled after the original CASA program, which was developed in 1977 by a dependency court judge who recognized the need for foster children to be represented by an impartial advocate who could speak on their behalf. Child Advocates’ staff of 18 and over 575 volunteers give life to the agency’s mission of providing stability and hope to abused and neglected children. Over the last 29 years, Child Advocates has provided CASAs to more than 15,000 children in the Santa Clara County dependency system.

    Child Advocates is the proud recipient of Charity Navigator’s highest rating (four star) for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only approximately a quarter of the charities evaluated by Charity Navigator receive four-star ratings, indicating that Child Advocates outperforms most other nonprofits in the country.

  • Year established:1986
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:21
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:18


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:77-0250773

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:770250773
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% KAREN L SCUSSEL
  • Organization Address:509 VALLEY WAY
  • Organization City:MILPITAS
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:95035-4105
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:June, 1990
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):320
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:R200
  • Asset Amount:$2,677,323
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$3,334,491
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,473,494
  • Last Updated:2/23/2018 6:21:15 pm

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