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Become a CASA volunteer and be an advocate in court for a child in foster care.

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ORGANIZATION: Washoe CASA Foundation

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CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is an organization of volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in the foster care system with the end goal of achieving permanency in a safe, caring home safe.

There are over 950 state and local CASA programs across the country that train advocates to speak in court for the best interests of these children. In Washoe County, the CASA Program has been part of the Second Judicial District Court since 1989. Our vision is to have a CASA volunteer for every child who needs one.

On any given day, between 800 and 1,00 children in Washoe County go through the court system because of abuse or neglect. A CASA volunteer works directly with all the parties in the case to assure that the best interests of the child are front-and-center. A CASA volunteer is often the only consistent adult in the child's life as they navigate through the foster care system. CASA volunteers change children's lives and CASA advocacy creates better futures for children in the foster care system.

Become part of the CASA movement and be a CASA advocate.

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About Washoe CASA Foundation

Location:

P.O. Box 948, Reno, NV 89504, US

Mission Statement

The Washoe CASA Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the Washoe County CASA Program through fundraising, advocacy, volunteer outreach and community awareness. The Foundation provides funding for volunteer training, recruitment and recognition, direct services and support for CASA children and community awareness. We recruit volunteers to act as advocates for abused and neglected children within the foster care system. CASA volunteers foster a caring relationship with the foster child, often being the only constant in the child’s life, and playing an important role as an advocate in court to advise on the best interests of the child.

Description

On any given day, between 800 and 1,000 children in Washoe County are under the jurisdiction of the court because it is not safe for them to remain at home. Parental substance abuse, domestic violence, and untreated mental health issues are common pathways for a family to come to the attention of social services. Once a child is removed from his or her home, that child has increased vulnerabilities and risks that are often exacerbated by the absence of trusted adults in their lives.

Research on CASA confirms that assigning a CASA volunteer can positively impact the outcome of a case, particularly in terms of the number of out-of-home placements and time spent in out-of-home care. Washoe CASA volunteers provide consistent one-on-one advocacy, carefully evaluating and addressing the needs of the children. CASA advocates not only keep children safe now, they also help children develop the resiliency to remain safe and move into successful lives.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Community
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Community

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

75 Court St. Suite 214AReno, NV 89501

(39.52373,-119.81297)
 

SKILLS

  • Child Welfare
  • Child Development
  • Youth Services

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • National CASA estimates 10-15 hours a month

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