CASA of Philadelphia CountyCASA of Philadelphia County
The mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Philadelphia County is to train and support community volunteers to advocate for the health, safety, stability and well-being of abused and neglected children. Read more
The mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Philadelphia County is to train and support community volunteers to advocate for the health, safety, stability and well-being of abused and neglected children.
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.
Imagine yourself as a child not having parents in the picture because they hurt you or made a grave error in judgment to have had authorities taken you away. Imagine bouncing foster home to foster home, school to school, and not knowing where you'll get you next meal from. Imagine meeting countless workers saying they're helping you but you may or may not see them more than 2-3 times before someone else comes along. And then you meet your CASA. A person who smiles and visits you no matter what. Someone who will never leave your side until you have permanency. Someone who sits next to you in court or just goes for you and tells the Judge what you want to say. Imagine that person going to school and advocating for your needs. No more bouncing. Your CASA is there to visit you monthly, get to know you, and speak up for what you need. Eventually, they're the only ones who know your history and light up when they talk about you. Every child deserves a voice. Even the abused/neglected.
by Leonard B. from Philadelphia, PA
(September 3, 2010)
I began here as a volunteer in 2007. Volunteering with this organization opened my eyes to the realities of the child welfare system in Philadelphia, and changed the way I look at the world forever. By the time my case had closed, I knew I needed to dedicate my life to bettering the situation of children in this country.