The mission of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, together with its state and local members, is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe... Read more
The mission of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, together with its state and local members, is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.
The National CASA Association is a network of 1,000 program offices that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don't get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives. Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to reenter care. Our vision to provide a volunteer for each and every abused and neglected child who needs one.
by Sandy J. from Janesville, WI
I have been a CASA volunteer for over two years and I have seen first hand the difference these caring individuals make. The children we serve have been abused and neglected and they just need someone in their corner. These children are innocent victims and they need someone who can focus on them, mentor them, and make sure they are getting what they need. As a CASA you can improve the life of a child who needs it most!
Being a CASA has been the most rewarding experience of my life!
by Savannah H. from las vegas
I have been with CASA of LV for almost a year now, and it has singlehandedly been the most rewarding experience of my life. The training and interviewing process is extensive, as it should be to protect the children. As a CASA I have been able to really get to know my kids and their needs and when I go to court I can let the judge know my opinion and the judges really seem to know that the CASA's only have one motive and that is to do what is best for the kids. Granted, it wont always go that way but at least the children's needs are being heard. CASA has a lot of connections and support, with CASA it really feels like less children are being " lost in the system. " It is quite the commitment and the last thing these children need is another person coming into their lives and leaving, so before thinking about becoming a CASa evaluate the events in your life, but if you have the time and the heart the children need you.