The mission of CASA is to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courts. Why Volunteer for CASA? As a CASA volunteer, you are empowered by the courts to help make a child’s dream of a forever home a reality. You will be the one consistent adult in these children’s lives, fighting for and protecting their right to be treated with the dignity and respect that every child deserves. You will not only bring positive change to the lives of these vulnerable children, but also their children and generations to come. And in doing so, you will enrich your life as well.
Every year more than half a million abused and neglected children are in need of safe, permanent, nurturing homes. That's where CASA steps in. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) was created in 1977 to make sure the abuse and neglect these children originally suffered at home doesn't continue as abuse and neglect at the hands of the system. As trained advocates, CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court. The result is that a child is placed into a safe, loving home where he/she can thrive. It is the CASA vision to provide a volunteer for each and every abused and neglected child who needs one.
Would you recommend CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates-Greater Des Moines?
Being a CASA is unlike so many other volunteer opportunities. You can truly make a difference in a life or lives by becoming a CASA. You are involved with "real" people who need "real" support and advocacy. Sometimes you are the only "real" person in their lives. You can provide a voice for those who have very little chance to have their voice heard. The support you get is excellent and the people you meet come from all walks of life. While you are "giving" you are receiving so much more. Just do it!
This is a GREAT opportunity for individuals who want to make a difference in the life of a child! No legal background necessary—just a big heart for hurting children. Judges LOVE CASAs, because we act as an extra, objective set of eyes and ears—and a voice for the child. We serve only one family at a time, so can really focus on that family's needs. Commitment is about 5-10 hours per month. Great training, supportive coaches and coordinators, and a lasting impact on the life of a child.