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CASA Volunteer Project

CASA volunteers are everyday citizens, judges appoint to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have been removed from their homes due to parental abuse and neglect. They stand up for these children and change their lives.

History: In 1977, a Seattle juvenile court judge concerned about making drastic decisions with insufficient information conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom. From that first program has grown a network of more than 1,000 CASA and guardian ad litem program offices that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states. Read more about the history of the CASA movement

Last year, more than 70,900 CASA and guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteers helped 237,000 abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes. Each year, more than 700,000 children experience foster care in this country. Because there are not enough CASA volunteers to represent all of the children in care, judges typically assign CASA volunteers to their most difficult cases.

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for 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 it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

CASA volunteers make a difference in the lives of foster children, one child at a time, by ensuring they receive the support and help they deserve.

Are you looking for ways to get involved with CASA? Whether you have lots of time or little time to contribute, whether you want to work directly with a child in need or would rather help with social events, there is a volunteer opportunity that is the right fit for you.

Find out more about how to participate in CASA Boston http://casaboston.org/main.asp?id=7,  New York City http://www.casa-nyc.org/, LA http://casala.org/home.php or find another city http://www.casaforchildren.org/.

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November 11, 2010 - Posted by | Volunteering | , , , , ,

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