From Lived Experience to Leadership, Charity Chandler-Cole Charts Bold Path

Charity Chandler-Cole was locked up in juvenile hall twice – once for stealing underwear for her baby sister and again […more…]

CASA of Los Angeles

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Chief Executive Officer: Charity Chandler-Cole


CASA of Los Angeles organizes the community to take action and advocate for children and families in LA County’s overburdened child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

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When I met my CASA LaTanya, she completely gave me a different perspective on life. Without her I wouldn’t be here today. She’s my educational rights holder, she was that advocate for me. And that’s the reason why I went from having low grades in my sophomore year to getting straight A’s in my junior year. Kids in the foster care system are not all sad and broken. We all want to do good for ourselves and need the support to get there.
Kim, age 19

Three Years, 3,000 Children

CASA of Los Angeles organizes the community to act and advocate for children and families in L.A. County’s overburdened child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Through an intentional, restorative and culturally responsive lens, CASA L.A. organizes, trains and supports committed, consistent and caring adults who take action by providing strengths-based advocacy, equitable access to resources and life-affirming connections. CASA/LA strengthens our community, ensuring that children and families have what they need to thrive.
CASA of Los Angeles serves about 1,400 foster youth out of some 35,000 in the county. The nonprofit has identified 12,000 high-risk and vulnerable youth most in need of a screened and trained Court Appointed Special Advocate to mentor and get to know them and their circumstances, research what they need and fight to ensure they get the best possible outcomes in dependency court and in their lives. To help close that gap, CASA L.A. has launched its Three to 3,000 Campaign to raise a million dollars a year, enabling them to support a total of 3,000 children in the next three years. “When you have someone showing up for you every month, you’re probably not going to get abused, harmed or hurt. People know someone is asking questions, cares about you and is checking on your well-being,” CASA L.A. CEO Charity Chandler-Cole says.

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Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Annenberg Foundation
The Eisner Foundation
Our Little Light Foundation
Carolyn and Lou Lucido
The Ahmanson Foundation
Reissa Foundation
Everychild Foundation
Deena and Edward Nahmias
Atlas Foundation
The Hearthland Foundation
Capital Group
Focusing Philanthropy
Cindy and Sheldon Stone
Heather and Paul Haaga