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Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Children

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Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now)

  • 149 people are interested

Richmond Court Appointed Special Advocates is currently in need of volunteers to serve children in our community. CASA volunteers advocate so that every child who has experienced abuse or neglect can be safe, and have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive. They make sure the child’s needs are heard - in the community and in the courtroom - and serve as a caring, consistent adult in a child’s life. They are individuals from all walks of life who are willing to dedicate their time to looking out for a child’s best interests.

CASA volunteers get to know the child and gather information from everyone involved in his or her life, including parents, relatives, foster parents, teachers, doctors, lawyers, social workers and other service providers. CASA volunteers use the information gathered to provide a report to the judge, advocating for the child’s best interests.

CASAs make sure children don't get lost in the overburdened legal and social services systems. Each volunteer will stay with a case until it is closed and the child is in a safe, permanent home. For some children in foster care, their CASA may be the only constant adult presence in their lives. Richmond CASA urgently needs more volunteers to fill this important role.

For more information, visit grscan.com/be-a-casa or email heather.farber@richmondgov.com.

Please note that indicating your interest for volunteering at this time is not a firm commitment. CASA volunteers must submit an application, complete background checks and go through training.

COVID-19 Update:
With the isolation and added stress caused by COVID-19, the risk factors for abuse and neglect dramatically increase. CASA volunteers are needed now more than ever. Richmond CASA is following orders from the governor, as well as social distancing guidelines from the CDC and WHO. CASA volunteers are continuing to work cases. For the safety of our families and volunteers, volunteers are checking in with families by phone and video chat or conducting socially-distanced outdoor visits.

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About Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now)


103 E. Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23219, US

Mission Statement

SCAN's mission is to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect throughout the Greater Richmond area. We fulfill our mission by: 1) Delivering and promoting programs that prevent and treat child abuse, and 2) Increasing public awareness of child abuse and neglect.


Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) works to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect in our community. SCAN's five programs provide treatment and support directly to families affected by abuse an neglect. SCAN's programs also provide education and advocacy to prevent abue before it happens. SCAN develops partnerships throughout the community to provide efficient and effective solutions to solve child maltreatment, which has been identified as as a public health crisis.

Our five programs include: The Child Advocacy Center (CAC), The Family Support Program, The Families Are Magic (FAM) Prevention Program, Richmond Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), The Circle Preschool Program.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth


We'll work with your schedule.


Oliver Hill Courts Building1600 Oliver Hill WayRichmond, VA 23219


  • Child Welfare
  • People Skills
  • Case Work / Management
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 10-15 hours per month, on average

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