Every child HAS a chance –
By becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA volunteer, you can help keep abused and neglected children safe, giving them a chance at finding happiness.
CASA volunteers are individuals from all walks of life who speak up for a child’s best interests in court. You are not a foster parent, you are a voice making a real difference at a critical turning point in the child’s life.
What do CASA volunteers do?
CASA volunteers get to know the child and gather information from everyone involved in his or her daily life, including family members, foster parents, teachers, daycare providers, doctors, lawyers, social workers and other relevant persons. You spend a significant amount of time with the child, gaining his or her trust.
CASA volunteers use the information gathered to report to the judge, advocating for the child’s needs while in the foster care system. As a volunteer, you commit to represent a child’s best interests until the child reaches a safe, permanent home.
To Become a CASA volunteer means you are:
- Willing to commit at least one year of your time
- Able to effectively communicate orally and in writing
- Willing to participate in an in-depth training program
- Able to pass criminal and CPS history background checks
- Over age 21
Children with A CASA Volunteer
More likely to find a safe, permanent home
More likely to have a consistent, responsible adult presence
Will have more services ordered
Spend less time in foster care
Half as likely to re-enter foster care
More likely to be adopted
Less likely to be bounced from home to home
Perform better in school
CASA is an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocates. The first CASA program was created in 1977 by Seattle judge, David Soukup.
The National CASA Association is a membership organization that supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy programs like Voices for Children so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive.