LGBTQ+ youth enter foster care for many of the same reasons non-LGBTQ+ youth enter care, but LGBTQ+ youth may have additional trauma and hardship if they are mistreated because of their sexual identity, gender identity or gender expression. LGBTQ+ youth need an advocate in court fighting for their best interest, specific services aimed toward their needs, and ongoing support.
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is an everyday citizen appointed by a judge to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have been removed from their homes. No prior experience is necessary. We provide all the training you’ll need, along with a team to provide oversight and support for you and your assigned case. Your role will be to gather information from reports, social workers, doctors, family members and other professionals in the child's life. With the information you collect, you’ll represent the child’s best interest in court and advocate for their needs. A child with a CASA is more likely to receive targeted services and spend less time in out of home care.
About CASA of Maricopa County - Phoenix Metro Area
Juvenile Court Center, 3131 W. Durango St, Phoenix, AZ 85009, US
CASA of Maricopa County’s mission is to ensure that the best interests of an abused or neglected child are represented in court, so no child falls through the cracks. The program trains and empowers community volunteers to serve at the request of Maricopa County Juvenile Court Judges as advocates for children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by their parents.
CASA of Maricopa County - Phoenix Metro Area
The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is the only agency authorized to advocate for the best interests of child victims in Arizona. CASA volunteers hold to the belief that there are no hopeless children, only children who have yet to experience hope.
Who Becomes a CASA Volunteer? CASA volunteers are everyday people just like you. They are realtors, school principals, pilots, web designers, plumbers, small business owners, retirees and stay-at-home moms and dads and vary in age from 21 to 83.
No special skills or degrees are required, only the desire to make a difference in an abused child's life. You must be at least 21 years of age, participate in our comprehensive screening process and training program, and make a 15-20 hour monthly commitment in order to ensure stability for the children we serve.
The only special background you should have is the heart to care for the most vulnerable children in our community, and the determination to do something about their current situation.
Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
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Juvenile Court CentersVarious locationsMetro Phoenix and East Valley AreasPhoenix, AZ85009