Children and youth who have experienced abuse or neglect are among the most vulnerable populations in America. A child in foster care may have faced physical, psychological or emotional trauma and years of uncertainty as they wait to go home, be adopted or simply see what happens next. All that chaos has long-term effects. Young people who have spent time in foster care are more likely to face incarceration, homelessness and unemployment. They are less likely to graduate high school and more likely to be victims of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.
There is a simple and effective solution: A CASA Volunteer. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. A CASA is a trained community member who acts as an agent of the court. They work directly with the professionals on the case to make sure that the best interests of the children and youth they serve are always front-and-center. A young person who has a CASA Volunteer has the best chance of a successful outcome.
CASA Volunteers are a voice that fights when others aren’t able. A voice that is brave, yet maintains a soft heart. A voice that serves to reassure that everything will be alright. Every child has the right to be heard, the right to be safe, and the opportunity to thrive. A CASA Volunteer can be a key factor in ensuring a brighter future awaiting every child who has experienced abuse and neglect.
Join us for an information session to learn more about the impact of a CASA Volunteer, the commitments of the position, and how to begin the application process.