You Can Make a Difference in the Life of a Child
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a network of 1000 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates appointed directly by the courts offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care. Volunteers stay with children until they are placed in loving permanent homes. For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.
Are you ready to change a child’s life?
Join a national network of 75,000 volunteers standing up for the rights of abused and neglected children in their community. 251,000 children have a CASA volunteer standing by their side each year, ensuring their voices are heard and needs are met. But another 400,000 children are still waiting for a CASA to advocate for their best interest.
The Cuyahoga Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) receives an average of 4,000 calls reporting abuse and neglect every year, which is the second highest number of child abuse and neglect reports in Ohio. In the most serious cases, DCFS must take protective custody of the child and bring the case to court within 48 hours. It is at this initial court hearing, the Shelter Care Hearing, when a CASA volunteer is appointed as the child’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). The ultimate goal of the CASA is to help ensure that every child lives in a safe and permanent home. This could mean reunification with their parents, placement with relatives, or adoption by a loving family.
If not you, then who?