Mona Omar has been an Advocate since 2012 to two young foster children. Mona’s youths’ stories are filled with unfortunate trauma, multiple placement changes, and two failed adoptions. Coming into the system at age 7 and 9 due to neglect, these two sisters have experienced multiple ups and downs. Throughout the journey of their life in foster care, they had Mona, a constant CASA Advocate who has been there every step of the way. Mona has been able to be their voice and speak up on behalf of their best interests. While in a meeting, one of the youths was asked to identify her safe person she could call if she had a problem. Her immediate response was, “I would call Mona.” The consistency and dedication that Mona has shown her youth has provided them with a trusting relationship they can rely on regardless of their situation.  Both girls are now on track to be adopted by great families and Mona will get to be there to share that special moment with them. These two bright girls will forever remember that they had a CASA advocate that didn’t give up on them. Thank you, Mona, for investing into CASA and advocating for your foster youth! 
October Advocate Training

We are excited to have 34 participants at our October Advocate Academy Hybrid training which is scheduled to start on Tuesday, October 15th!   Please continue to share with your family and friends about the important, inspiring work our Advocates do with our foster children and their resource families and encourage others to become a Voice that Matters for Foster Youth! 
Information Sessions
CASA of Fresno and Madera Counties is excited to introduce our newest staff member, Danny Armenta who will be in charge of recruiting caring community members to make a difference in a child’s life. Danny is a big believer in "service above self”. He currently serves as Rotary District Assistant Governor and was Past President of the Clovis Rotary, and serves as an advisor for the Fresno State Renaissance Scholars. Danny is a proud father of 5, veteran of the US Army for ten years and is an ordained minister.
 
Danny stated, “I joined CASA in September to serve because in my experience there are two types of people in this world; those with compassion and those without and the greatest way to increase your compassion level is to serve! It’s my goal to help usher in a surplus of volunteer Advocates ensuring that we serve each and every foster child in need within our outstanding community here in Fresno/Madera counties.”
 21st Annual CASA Crab Feed

Our Crab Feed fundraiser was held on Friday, September 13 th to a sold out crowd of over 800 people. Thank you to our generous sponsors, donors, guests and volunteers for helping us raise over $138,000 for CASA! The money raised from our event goes directly to supporting our mission to recruit, train and support volunteers to be the voice for foster youth.
ALASKAN KING CRAB SPONSOR

Smittcamp Family Foundation


SNOW CRAB SPONSORS

CalViva Health
CORE Business Interiors
Granville Homes
Premier Valley Bank


DUNGENESS CRAB SPONSORS

ABC 30
Camarena Health
Del Rey Packing Co.
Donna Rosenstein & Family
Dowling Aaron Incorporated
Economic Development Corporation
Fresno Police Department Credit Union
Fresno State College of Health & Human Services
Hal Kissler and Maureen Lewis
Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center
Kotman Technology
Matt and Serena Garza
Mid Valley Distributors Inc.
Moss Adams LLP
Olam
Producers Dairy Foods Inc.
The Fresno Bee
Valley Children's Hospital
Zenith Insurance Company


OPILIO CRAB SPONSORS

Beneficial State Bank
First 5 Fresno County
First 5 Madera County
Manco Abbott Inc.
Midland Tractor Co.
Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
Suncrest Bank
Valley Public Radio/FM 89
We are grateful to our Specialty Sponsors:  
Fresno Unified School District, Cornerstone Financial Group, Gallo Wines, and to our generous silent and live auction donors.
 
And to our numerous volunteers from Noble Credit Union, The Zenith, Junior League of Fresno, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority at Fresno State, and many community volunteers including our Crab Feed Committee Chairperson, Jen McDougal and Silent Auction Chairperson, Valerie Araki.
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