For children who’ve been abused or neglected, CASA means having a home instead of feeling lost, and being a priority instead of feeling invisible.
Children with CASA volunteers are more likely
to end up with their family, and according to National CASA, more likely
to receive therapy, health care and education and do better in school, and less likely
to be bounced from one place to another or get stuck in long-term foster care. CASA’s vision is to provide a volunteer advocate for every child who needs one. Hundreds of children in our state could benefit from the focus and attention only a volunteer can offer.
For volunteers, CASA is a life-changing experience that makes our community a better place.
CASA volunteers come from every walk of life and share a commitment to improving children's lives, a willingness to learn, and an open mind towards life experiences different from their own. Volunteers complete an interview, background checks and more than 30 hours of intensive training and courtroom observation. After being sworn-in by a judge, volunteers are appointed to a child or family of children and spend an average of 10 hours a month advocating for these children for at least a year. They get to know the child while also gathering information from the child's family, teachers, doctors, care-givers and anyone else involved in the child's life. Judges highly value a CASA volunteer's recommendations which help them make informed decisions in the child's best interest.
Children's Court Master William Hitchcock (Ret.)
"CASAs are instrumental in putting a face on the child whose case is before me. The child becomes a living, breathing human being and not just a name on a report or a picture in a frame. I feel that I understand the needs of the child in ways that no other player in the courtroom can make possible for me."