National Philanthropy Day: Casa de Amparo

November 15, 2016

Preventing Abuse and Neglect for At Risk Children and Foster Youth

Abuse and neglect can take many different forms. Sometimes that means a child is abused, sometimes that means a child goes hungry and experiences neglect, sometimes much worse. Currently in San Diego County alone, there are over 40,000 reports of abuse and or neglect made each year. There are currently over 3,000 children in the foster care system in San Diego County.

Our mission at Casa de Amparo is to support those affected by and at risk of child abuse and neglect, through a range of programs and services that promote healing, growth and healthy relationships.

At Casa de Amparo we have a wide range of programs that support those affected by these conditions from prenatal to 25 years of age and specifically those within the transitional age foster youth population. The transitional foster age youth are a severely underserved population and without places like Casa de Amparo, most would transition out of foster care ill prepared for life and end up a statistic. The unfortunate reality is that 40% of children affected by child abuse and neglect will experience homelessness, only 50% will complete high school or receive a GED and less than 50% are employed by age 24. In addition, 85% of these children experience mental health issues during childhood and into adulthood and have little to no resources for healthcare.

It is our goal that with our facility and treatment based programs we can meet all of the everyday life needs to as many children and young adults as possible. We are only able to do so with the help of the community and the countless volunteers and donors that support our efforts.

Ways to get involved and help support our Casa Kids!

  • Organize an In-Kind drive
  • Coordinate a Fundraiser
  • Volunteer
  • One time activity like a sports event, BBQ, Crafts or parties, etc.
  • Host a drop off party: Baby items for our Pregnant & Parenting Casa Kids, Wine for special events and gift wrapping supplies for our holiday drives.


For more information on how to volunteer and get involved, please contact Celeste Leichliter at (760) 566-3553 or