What Is Our Mission?
Our mission is to train and
supervise community volunteers,appointed by the
Family Court, to advocate for the best interests of children who have been
removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. Our dedicated
volunteers strive to ensure the emotional, physical and educational well-being of
these children while they reside in foster homes or residential facilities.
The ultimate goal of our volunteers is to help establish a safe, stable
and permanent home for each child we serve.
CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.
Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to reenter care.
Who Are the Children CASA Volunteers Help?
Judges appoint CASA volunteers to represent the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Each year, more than 700,000 children experience foster care in this country. Because there are not enough CASA volunteers to represent all of the children in care, judges typically assign CASA volunteers to their most difficult cases.