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CASA of Cuyahoga County provides qualified, trained, and supervised community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children. CASA collaborates with key agencies and significant individuals to help children find safe and permanent homes.
Each year in Cuyahoga County, thousands of children are victims of violence, sexual abuse and neglect. Children are often removed from their homes and are typically placed in temporary foster homes. They are surrounded by strangers. All the while, they are wondering what they have done wrong that has caused them to be taken away from their family, friends, and their home.
These children need:
- someone who will speak up for their best interest in court.
- someone to ensure they receive the services they need.
- someone who will work to have them placed in a safe, permanent home as soon as possible.
- a familiar face - someone they can trust.
This is where the Court Appointed Special Advocate or CASA volunteer steps in.
THE CASA VOLUNTEER: A POWERFUL VOICE IN A CHILD'S LIFE A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a well-trained community volunteer who is appointed by the judge to advocate for the child's best interest in court. The CASA volunteer becomes a child's constant support - often the only constant in their life. The CASA establishes a relationship with the child, investigates and watches over the child, and challenges the system to provide what is in that child's best interests. The CASA makes recommendations about services and living arrangements. These recommendations help the judge to make more informed decisions about who will ultimately raise the child. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A CHILD'S LIFE
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