The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
To train and support community volunteers who advocate for abused or neglected children placed in foster care, upholding the children's rights while pursuing a safe and permanent home.
CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates - is a nation wide organization that provides a volunteer advocate for children in the foster care system. Volunteer advocates are the voice representing the best interests of the child, in court and other public forums pertaining to the individual child. Advocates also form an ongoing relationship with the child. By getting to know the child individually the advocate is better equiped to represnt the child in all case related matters. Often the CASA Advocate is the only consistant relationship the child has ever had.
CASA Advocates receive 35 hours of pre-service training, which includes understanding the dependecy court process, the foster care system and most importantly how to work with a child and be their voice. Upon completion of training the new advocate is assigned to an experienced and highly supportive CASA staff person known as a Advocate Supervisor. The Advocate Supervisor provides on-going support and training on all case related matters.
Currently, there are approximately 100 children on our waiting list for a CASA Advocate. These children need YOU. Please contact us today
by Anissa N. from Salinas, CA
I have been a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children since February of 2008. The work I've done with these children is by far some of the best I've done in my life. The training and support is stellar; this truly is a team effort. I have made a difference in the lives of the children I advocate for, a feeling unparalleled. Because of CASA, a high school senior got to go to her prom. Sometimes the difference is as simple as a dress. Other times the difference is monumental. CASA was instrumental in transitioning brothers from foster care to their new forever family where they are loved and nurtured. Because of CASA, children have at least one adult that speaks on their behalf and provides them hope for a better future. I am a better person because of the work I've done with CASA and these children. Though it has been emotionally challenging at times, the rewards are great.