The mission of CASA is to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courts. We promote and support quality volunteer representation for children to provide each child a safe, permanent, nurturing home.
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.
This organization's main goal is to "speak for the child". As children enter the foster care system they are often confused, scared, and angry. The court will assign a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)to give the child(ren) a voice. The CASA follows the case from the beginning to the end, letting the child involved know that they have their advocate, someone to fight on their behalf, not the mother's interests, or daddy's interests, not even the State's interest. CASA is for the Child. I became a CASA volunteer almost a year ago and it has been a wonderful experience. My heart is in human services, to protect our most vulnerable members of our societies and CASA shares that goal.