CASA of Franklin County - Columbus

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Children & Youth
  • Justice & Legal


373 S High St, 15th FloorColumbus, OH 43215 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of CASA of Franklin County is to empower a diverse group of community volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused, neglected, and dependent children involved in the child welfare system. Our dedicated staff recruits, screens, trains, and supports these volunteers as court appointed guardians ad litem (GAL). Through legal advocacy, CASA volunteers works to interrupt generational trauma and ensure children are in safe and loving homes.


In 1977, a Seattle Juvenile Court Judge found himself faced with making life changing placement decisions about children he knew very little about. He never felt confident he had their entire story, and was deeply concerned about what might happen if he made the "wrong" decision. Out of this concern grew the idea for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). CASA of Franklin County was founded in 1991 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer based program and has steadily grown. In 2020, CASA of Franklin County merged with the Franklin County Board of Commissioner's Office of Justice Policy and Programs.

Our 250+ volunteers advocated for nearly 700 children in 2022!

Join us to change a child's story.


Would you recommend CASA of Franklin County - Columbus?
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by Rebecca L. (June 29, 2010)
CASA is a wonderful organization. I have been a volunteer for 2 1/2 years and have thoroughly enjoyed every moment I have had the opportunity to serve as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. The staff is wonderful, caring, and supportive. I feel like I can make a difference in the lives of the abused/neglected children of Franklin county and their families. The continuing education classes are fascinating, helpful, and on point. This is simply the best organization I have ever volunteered for.
by Susan H. from Worthington, OH (October 16, 2008)
This is a very rewarding opportunity. I guarantee you will get more back from volunteering with this organization. Although, it takes a lot of work to become a CASA advocate it's worth it. You get the best training by the most caring staff people to help you become a great advocate. You learn so much and you give so much to the children of your county. It's so rewarding.

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