Casa da Criança Santo Amaro – CCASA (“House for Children Santo Amaro”) is a non-profit established over 30 years ago in São Paulo, Brazil. In 1980, Mrs. Hermínia Garcia de Carvalho, along with the Largo Treze Church Community, started assisting boys and girls living on streets by providing them with food and clothes. The donation of land and a house enabled the institution to provide housing and full protection to children with fragile or broken family ties. Their mission today is to provide conditions for the healthy development of these children, while working with their families so they can return home.
CCASA develops social, cultural, sports, and pedagogical programs, as well as programs to help youth begin careers. They also work towards guaranteeing the rights of the public they serve. Their mission is to care for and promote the development of children and adolescents in vulnerable situations, forming citizens with autonomy, conscious of their rights and duties. Their main values are commitment to children and adolescents, respect for individuality and diversity, a welcoming environment, excellence in management practices, ethical relations, neutrality, and transparency. Their vision for the future is to be a reference for out-of-home care services and prevention work for children and adolescents in at-risk and vulnerable situations in São Paulo.