img1The goal of our Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program is to prevent abused, neglected, abandoned and at-risk children from becoming lost in the Juvenile Dependency and/or Delinquency Court system.

We train CASA volunteers who are appointed by the Judge and act as the “eyes and ears of the court and the voice of the child.” Volunteers advocate by facilitating, investigating, and monitoring areas of need in the life of their assigned child. Volunteers stay with their child until the case is  closed by the court.

For many children, their CASA volunteer is the one constant adult presence in their lives. Independent research has demonstrated that children with one caring adult in their life are more likely to have positive outcomes (i.e. improved academics, graduate from high school, participate in extra-curricular activities and obtain personal goals.)

What our children say about their CASA volunteers:

What I like most about my CASA is…

“He worked hard to get me back home and he never gave up.”
“She is honest to me.”
“She rocks and I love her no matter what happens!”
“She cares, she’s on my side, she’s nice, and she’s smart.”
“He says the right things to keep me focused and motivated.”
“She’s really patient and understanding.”
“She is willing to go the extra mile for me.”

Having a CASA in my life has made a difference because…

“She knows what’s best for me.”
“I actually have someone to talk to, someone that I trust.”
“I now have better grades.”
“She’s there for me every single time I call to talk to her ‘cause I need her.”
“I have someone to look up to.”
“My behavior has changed and I have improved in school and at my house.”
“It gives me someone to be with since I don’t have my parents to take me out.”
“I feel special.”
“I have someone that I know will always care about me.”

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