Voices for Children

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Emily's Dragon tells the emotional story of a young girl removed from her home and placed in foster care, and how her CASA volunteer made a difference during this critical point in her life. Last year, 52 children, like Emily, were removed from their home each day in Texas and placed in the child protection system.


Voices for Children advocates for abused and neglected children and youth in St. Louis by representing their best interests in court and in the community.


Who is Voices for Children?

Voices for Children, a private nonprofit organization is the only Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in St. Louis City and County We are an accredited member of the National CASA Association and one of more than 900 programs nationwide, as well as a member of the Missouri CASA Association (MOCASA).

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Who are the kids we serve?

We serve children and youth currently in foster care from birth through age 20. These more than 1,600 fostered youth come  from all regions of the St. Louis area.

Children come into care for a variety of reasons. The most common reason we see in St. Louis is neglect, but physical abuse and sexual abuse often also play a role into the reasons a child comes into care. 

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What do Voices advocates do?

CASA Volunteers are advocates for the child, which means they focus first and foremost on the child’s safety and physical and mental well-being. Their primary responsibility is to see that the child receives services to which they are entitled and to assist in moving the case forward toward a forever home for that child.

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How can YOU become a CASA Volunteer

First of all, you don’t need any special skills, just 12 hours a month, a desire to help, a willingness to speak up and the ability to work with people from all backgrounds and lifestyles.




Why Support Child Advocacy?


Every day, judges, child welfare professionals and caregivers make decisions that affect children who, through no fault of their own, were removed from the care of their parents and brought into state custody.

These children, who have the most to gain or lose, have the least power in the decisions made by the court and the professionals who are responsible for their well-being.


Voices’ Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are the only people whose sole focus is the best interest of the child.

Our advocates give our children a powerful voice in decisions about where they will live and go to school, whether and how often they can spend time with siblings and other relatives, how long they will be in state custody and where they will go when they leave foster care.


Upcoming Events

We would like to warmly invite you to join us for the following events:

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Saturday, April 7 + Sunday, April 8

Voices for Children is joining the GO! St. Louis Marathon and Family Fitness Weekend with a charity run team for events on April 7 and 8, 2018.

Voices Team events include the 5K on Saturday, April 7, 2018 and 7K, Relay, Half and Full Marathon on Sunday, April 8, 2018.
Join us for fun and help raise money for our advocacy program to support children in foster care in St. Louis.


Friday, April 20

Anticipated attendance 400+

Voices’ signature event includes a cocktail reception, raffles, seated dinner, keynote speaker, entertainment, and fund-a-need auction.

Keynote Speaker
Colonel John W. Hayden, Jr.
Police Commissioner
Metropolitan Police Department – City of St. Louis


Make a Difference

Give the gift of hope to a child in foster care.

Donors to Voices can effect permanent change in the future of a child and the future of the St. Louis community. Voices’ cost to provide high-quality advocacy is $1,500 per child, per year.