addressing the lasting effects of abuse and neglect
The stats are harrowing. In 2017, nine out of every 1,000 U.S. children were determined to be victims of abuse or neglect. That’s why the need for CASA volunteers is so great. CASA volunteers advocate for the best interests of children who are involved in the court system as a result of abuse or neglect.
For many of these children, their CASA advocate will be the one constant in an otherwise chaotic life.
Reach a permanent home
Our volunteers get to know the child − they listen; they talk to the people in the child’s life to find out what they need to heal and thrive; they make sure the child is safe; and they help the child reach a safe, permanent home.
We know children do best when they can safely remain with their parents or with other family members. CASA volunteers work with experts and service providers to identify and recommend services aimed at keeping families intact or returning children safely to family members.
When that is not possible, advocates work to help the child reach another safe and stable forever home.
HELPING CHILDREN AS THEY GROW
Children’s well-being includes the characteristics and skills that enable them to understand and navigate the world in a healthy, positive way. Well-being is related to children’s physical health and their social, behavioral and emotional functioning.
Support young children’s development
Enable school-aged children to succeed
Help older youth prepare for independence