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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, recru... Read more
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.
On any given day, between 900 and 1,100 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.