CASA of Los Angeles (Arcadia, CA)


  • Name:Ms. Christine Yick

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:CASA of Los Angeles
  • Address:P O. Box 660157
    Arcadia, CA 91066
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:626-833-1601

User Email


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  • Mission:
  • The mission of CASA of Los Angeles is to improve the lives of foster children with trained volunteer advocates. A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is appointed by a judge to advocate for the best interests of a foster child. CASA’s mission is to mobilize community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children.

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  • Overview:
  • CASA of Los Angeles

    CASA seeks to reduce and reverse the effects of child abuse and neglect. Nowhere in the nation is the problem greater than in Los Angeles County, where 26,000 children who have been abused or neglected are under the jurisdiction of the Dependency Court. One-third of these children are age 0-5; infants and toddlers are the fastest growing group of abused children. CASA will serve 7,000 children in FY2012, including 800 with intensive advocacy services.

    CASA alleviates the feelings of abandonment and alienation that scar these young lives by harnessing the compassion and generosity of caring adults who can and do have an enormous impact on the development of the child at all ages. The genius of the CASA model is that it effectively capitalizes on a huge reservoir of caring by mobilizing it in service to children. CASA makes the most immediate connection—one caring adult to one child in need—that can be the turning point in a life that has been interrupted and shaken. Our most significant accomplishments happen every day—when an overlooked opportunity is found, a service is secured or an adult connection is made that will help to keep a child safe and give him or her an opportunity to succeed in life.

    The volunteers get to know the children and their circumstances, show them that someone cares, advocate for their best interests (including making recommendations to the Court), encourage them to grow to their fullest potential, and become involved in key issues in their life, especially permanent placement, and school, health, and mental health issues.

    A CASA volunteer is often the sole consistent adult anchor for foster children. Children frequently remark how important it is to them that these tireless advocates are the only people in “the system” who are not paid to assist them. CASA volunteers give a voice to a child who cannot speak up for herself or himself and are frequently viewed as mentors or guides.

    Judges typically assign CASA volunteers their most difficult and complex cases: children with prior maltreatment or contact with child welfare, cases of extreme abuse or neglect, or those where there is a great level of risk of further abuse and neglect. Many children assigned to CASA have learning disabilities, physical disabilities, and significant emotional and mental health problems.

    Foster children in the Dependency Court system face substantial obstacles in receiving the basic care that all children need: emotional support, parental guidance, and a stable and loving caregiver. More than that, they often lack appropriate education and vocational training, medical care, and the counseling they need to grow into productive adults.

    Many children remain in foster care for years, and are moved around to many different placements. Studies have demonstrated that children who are abused and neglected are at significantly higher risk for academic failure, chronic delinquency, homelessness, adult criminal behavior, antisocial personality, and addictions. Moreover, as a child’s length of time in out-of-home care increases, the probability of such negative outcome increases. CASA volunteers are instrumental in shortening the time that the child is in the dependency system (achieving either re-unification or adoption), while simultaneously assuring that the child’s needs are met.

    The CASA program is a proven, reliable and economic model of support that has meant the difference between success and failure in thousands of children. Many more children would thrive if they had the intensive intervention of a CASA volunteer.

  • History:
  • The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program was founded in 1977 by Seattle Superior Court Judge David Soukup. He recognized that in order to make decisions about what was in the best interest of foster children, the Court needed increased, complete, up-to-date information from specially-trained advocates who knew the child’s situation well.

    CASA of Los Angeles was one of the first CASA programs, starting out in 1978 under the leadership of Judge Peter Gianinni, who secured a four-year federal start-up grant. The program, then known as the Child Advocates Office, was under the guidance of Presiding Judge of Juvenile Court, Richard “Skip” Byrne and Supervising Judge Paul Boland.

    In 1983, Friends of Child Advocates, now CASA of Los Angeles, organized a public/private partnership to increase awareness and raise money for the recruitment, training and support of volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children under the care of the Dependency Court.

    One of the program’s early corporate financial supporters was the Gannett Outdoor Company of Southern California and Hal Brown, Sr. V.P. of Public Affairs. Gannett was the owner of popular Los Angeles radio station KIIS FM. Also, Al Greenstein, Chief Communications Officer of Atlantic Richfield, was instrumental in obtaining a $20,000 grant from Arco.

    Today, CASA of Los Angeles is located at the Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court where 18 courtrooms are dedicated to administering the welfare of foster children. The program also has an office at the McCourtney Juvenile Justice Center in the Antelope Valley where there are an additional two courtrooms. CASA of Los Angeles has thrived under the support of the Court for many years leading up to 2010, when statewide budget cuts substantially limited the Court’s ability to financially assist the program. CASA of Los Angeles then transformed into a full-fledged, independent non-profit organization supported largely by community donors. CASA of Los Angeles is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization.

    Today, CASA of Los Angeles is one of the largest CASA programs in the country, affiliated with the California CASA Association and the National CASA association of 946 offices and over 77,000 volunteers serving 234,000 children nationwide.

    To learn more about CASA, please visit:

    National CASA (
    The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association’s website lists CASA programs throughout the country that screen and train community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in court.

    CASAnet (
    CASAnet is the national support website for CASA volunteers and program staff.

    Los Angeles Superior Court’s Juvenile Court (
    The Los Angeles Juvenile Court’s website provides information about CASA of Los Angeles, the Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court, and other support programs for children in foster care in L.A. County.

  • Year established:1978
  • Endowment:Unknown

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • CASA of Los Angeles Board of Directors

    James M. Rishwain, Esq. – Chair
    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

    Paul Deitch – Vice Chair
    Oaktree Capital

    Edward Nahmias - Treasurer
    Retired Executive

    Anneli Stone - Secretary
    W.M. Keck Foundation

    Ray Randall - Audit Committee Chair
    Retired Executive

    Lou Lucido - Gala Chair
    Doubleline Capital LP

    Jean Youngquist - Antelope Valley Benefit Committee Chair
    Retired Educator
    Court Appointed Special Advocate

    Frank Addante
    Rubicon Project

    Judith Beckmen
    Court Appointed Special Advocate

    Greg Collins
    Pricewaterhouse Coopers

    Peter Csato
    Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato, L.C.

    Jacqueline Dolan
    Founding President

    Deborah Greaves
    True Religion Apparel, Inc.

    Bruce Herron
    Retired Executive
    Court Appointed Special Advocate

    Lynn James
    Wells Fargo Bank
    Court Appointed Special Advocate

    Lori Kozak
    Blakely Sokoloff Taylor Zafman LLP

    Anissa McNeil, Ed.D.
    Education Consultant
    Court Appointed Special Advocate

    Dan Nabel
    Greenberg, Glusker, Fields, Claman & Machtinger LLP

    Allyson Pfeifer
    Doubleline Capital LP

    Cristine Reynaert
    Doll Amir & Eley

    Roger Ridlehoover
    Economic Science Associates, LLC
    Court Appointed Special Advocate

    AJ Safavi
    Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

    Ralph Walter
    Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P.

    Kristen DeLeo, Ex-officio
    Glamour Gowns

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Dilys Tosteson Garcia, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Rosalee Villalobos, Program Director
    Lynne Gabriel, Volunteer Services Director
    Gracia Shaheen, Director of Community Outreach
    Lesley Bois, Regional Manager, Antelope Valley
    William L. Jones
    Interim Development Director


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:95-3890446

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:953890446
  • Organization Name:CASA OF LOS ANGELES
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:201 CENTRE PLAZA DR ROOM 1100
  • Organization City:MONTEREY PARK
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:91754-2142
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:November, 1989
  • 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):927, 994
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Fundraising, Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
  • 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:R2XZ
  • Asset Amount:$1,596,491
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$4,071,580
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$3,757,597
  • Last Updated:3/21/2018 7:09:52 pm

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