Make a difference in a child's life.
Volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate!
BECOME A CASA VOLUNTEER!
EVERY CHILD NEEDS A VOICE . . . YOURS!
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates for children. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens like you, appointed by the courts, and trained to advocate for neglected, abused, and abandoned children placed in foster care.
A family court judge established the CASA program in 1977. He understood that foster children have a better chance at finding a permanent home if they can rely on an advocate to speak up for them in court and in the community.
More than 7,000 children placed in foster care are waiting for someone who will advocate in their best interest.
"I am a CASA because in an often uncaring world children need to be cared for and shown that they are respected and valued and that their lives matter to others. I am a CASA because I feel I have something to share." ~ Elisabeth, CASA volunteer, CASA of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties
WHAT WILL I DO AS A CASA VOLUNTEER?
The children CASA advocates for have abuse and neglect cases that are among the most difficult and heartbreaking. As a Court Appointed Special Advocate, you are assigned to a foster child's case. You get to know the foster child and the people involved in their life. The information you gather about the case is presented to the court in a report that provides the family court judge with the information he or she needs to act in the child's best interest.
Every child needs a caring adult in their life. Kids in foster care—many of them confused, angry, hurting and afraid—often have no consistent adult to count on. They need someone they can trust. They need a role model. They need an advocate.
"I was really scared when I had to leave my dad and go to a house and school where I didn't know anybody. My CASA came to visit me in so many different houses. He was at my adoption after I was in foster care for 3 years." ~ Former foster child, age 7
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Foster children assigned a CASA volunteer:
- Receive more of the services that are critical to their well-being than children who don't.
- Are more likely to succeed in school.
- Cycle through fewer foster placements and spend less time in foster care.
- Reach safe, permanent homes and loving families more quickly.
"I don't know where I would be if CASA hadn't been assigned to my case. I would probably be homeless or in jail—instead, I have a home and a family who cares about me." ~ Former foster youth, age 26
ARE YOU READY TO SPEAK UP FOR A CHILD?
Complete the simple form above to find the CASA program nearest your home or place of work. Once you submit the form, contact information about your local CASA program will display. Your local CASA program will reach out to you at the email address provided.
Your local CASA program can provide you with information about upcoming CASA information sessions, training sessions, and can answer any questions you may have about becoming a CASA volunteer.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate.