Who are CASA volunteers?
CASA volunteers are people like you. They come from all walks of life - from all cultures and ethnicities, from all professions and educational backgrounds. Each volunteers undergoes screening and training with the local CASA program.
Who do CASA volunteers help?
Judges appoint CASA volunteers to represent the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Each year, more than 600,000 children experience foster care in this country. There are not enough CASA volunteers to represent every child in care. In Kings County there are currently more than 400 children in foster care and less than 20 volunteers. We are working hard to change the ratio of CASA volunteers to kids needing a CASA.
How do CASA volunteers help?
CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over abused and neglected children to make sure they don't get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system, or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many children, their CASA volunteer will be the only constant adult presence in their lives. Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are more likely to receive needed services, substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care, and half as likely to re-enter the foster care system.