The mission of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.
What is a CASA?
CASA volunteers are men and women who are dedicated to the vital role of advocating on behalf of abused or neglected children. The children served by CASA volunteers range in age from birth to 18. Were it not for the voice of a CASA volunteer, the child’s voice might not be heard.
When the judge appoints a CASA volunteer to a child’s case, the CASA volunteer becomes responsible for developing a consistent, emotionally supportive relationship with the CASA child, gathering information from all appropriate sources, and making the most suitable recommendations to the judge about what is in the child’s best interest.
Although CASA volunteers come from a variety of professional, educational and ethnic backgrounds, all share a desire to, and a belief that one person can and does, make a difference in the life of an abused and/or neglected child. As a child’s advocate, the CASA volunteer’s goal is to help secure a safe and permanent home for their CASA child. CASA volunteers closely monitor the situation, advocate for services, and help guide their CASA child through what is a very confusing period of time in their life. The CASA volunteer is a crucial source of emotional support for the CASA child.
The tree that grows from the seeds of attention and compassion which you plant in your CASA child, produces sturdy branches bearing good, healthy fruit, the effects of which are unimaginably profound and far reaching.
One person, unquestionably, can and does make huge, positive life changing differences in the life of an abused/neglected child.
To become a CASA volunteer, please call 455-4306.