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Mission Statement

CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, is a volunteer-driven agency that advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children in the Delaware County Dependency Court.

We are only serving 23% of the children in Delaware County who need a CASA advocate. Without this critical advocay there are 571 children struggling through the most difficult time of their lives with little hope of enjoying the loving embrace of a family or the comfort of a permanent home.

That's 750 children (and the number keeps growing) in Delaware County who don't have the kind of hope only a CASA volunteer can provide. Next year, more children will be lost. And the year after that. Until each child turns 18, and is left to their own, often less-than-sufficient devices. These are not just statistics, these are children lives.

CASA is committed to a simple but powerful vision: helping to change the world for every abused and neglected child in Delaware County by 2020.

Description

Nobody deserves - or longs for- a safe and loving home more than a foster child.

CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, is a volunteer-driven agency that advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children in the Delaware County Dependency Court.

These foster children have lost their parents, their friends and have often been separated from their brothers and sisters because the system is horribly overstretched. We have seen children moved from home to home and school to school seven times in a short time frame. You can imagine the heartbreak of seeing a child shuffled among various temporary living situations, not to mention the long-term emotional impact on that child.

Children have a right to be safe. They have a right to be treated with respect and dignity. They have a right to a home where they can rebuild friendships and learn and grow and play. They have a right to enjoy childhood.

CASA volunteers work tirelessly on behalf of the approximately 175 children we serve - fighting to make sure that each child's voice is heard and their rights are upheld. It's a statistical fact that a child with a CASA volunteer has a greater chance of placement in a safe and permanent home.

Become a CASA Volunteer Advocate today!

Website

http://www.delcocasa.org

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Reviews

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Would you recommend CASA/Youth Advocates of Delaware County?

by Margaret F. (2012-08-17 06:06:39.0)
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 (2012-08-01 16:16:38.0)
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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