The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) provides a powerful voice in court for abused and neglected children.
CASA recruits, trains and supports community volunteers to research each case and advocate for the best interests of the child with the aim of preventing future abuse. When abused and neglected children are removed from their homes, they are placed in an overburdened system where they can slip through the cracks and risk continued abuse or neglect. Court Appointed Special Advocates have the power to prevent this tragic reality. These dedicated volunteers work with only 1-2 cases at a time, so they can thoroughly investigate and keep current with each child's situation. CASA volunteers serve as fact finders for the judge by researching the background of each assigned case. They speak for the child in the courtroom, representing the child's best interests, and continue to act as a watchdog for the child until that child is in a safe, permanent home. For many children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence advocating for them personally.