CASA Youth Advocates, Inc.

Cause Area

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

Location

PO Box 407Media, PA 19063 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our mission is empowering community volunteers to connect with and champion children and youth involved in the child welfare system, advocating for equity, resources, stability and permanency. Our vision is a bright future in which all children and youth have the resiliency, consistent relationships with caring adults, and access to child welfare, education, health, and human services they need to fully experience the joys of childhood and pursue their dreams. Our agency values are authenticity, collaboration, compassion, consistency, effectiveness, equity and volunteerism.

Description

Our History:

In 1992, CASA Youth Advocates Inc. was formed, building on the work of volunteers supporting children in Delaware County that dated back to the 1970’s. In 2012, CASA added its Educational Decision Maker service to empower volunteers to help youth with special education needs make academic decisions. In 2015, CASA expanded to begin serving children and youth in Chester County. In 2019, CASA launched the Voices for Children Coalition in Delaware County to improve the safety net of services for children and families. In 2023, CASA joined several other organization in launching the Safer Schools Strong Neighborhoods collaborative project serving Chester, PA.

Our Model:

CASA is a volunteer driven organization providing best interest advocacy efforts to children involved in the child welfare and dependency court systems. Our volunteers advocate for safe and permanent homes for youth, close the gaps in service, and provide the supportive presence of a consistent, caring adult. Advocates are provided with extensive training and supported by a team of paid staff, to help ensure each volunteer has the knowledge, guidance and support needed to be successful in this volunteer role.

Reviews

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by Margaret F. (August 17, 2012)
Talk about a worthwhile cause, this is it. The professional CASA staff does an exceptional job preparing prospective volunteers with adequate training and education for the work at hand.
by Christine W. from Penn Valley, PA (August 1, 2012)
Volunteering with CASA/Youth Advocates of Delaware County has been one of the most amazing, rewarding and life-changing experiences I've ever had. I was looking for opportunities to work with children and have a direct positive impact on their lives, and CASA seemed like a good choice. Once involved, I was blown away by the severity of the challenges the children face, and by the impact that we as CASAs can really have. In the child welfare system, too often there are revolving doors of caseworkers, foster care providers and other agencies - but the CASA may be the one constant in the children's lives during a traumatic time. CASAs can truly be the voice of the child, and can make a tangible difference for a child by identifying concerns and facilitating solutions, and making recommendations in court. Delaware County CASA staff provide excellent training and ongoing support for the work done by the CASAs. It's my privilege to be a part of this organization.

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