Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
What is a CASA: In some states Court Appointed Child Advocates are referred to as CASA, and in others as GAL (Guardian Ad Litem). 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. Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to reenter care. Last year, more than 77,000 CASA and guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteers helped 234,000 abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes.
Why CASA: Nobody longs for a safe and loving family more than a child in foster care. As a CASA volunteer, you are empowered by the courts to help make this dream a reality. You will be the one consistent adult in these children’s lives, vigilantly fighting for and protecting their fundamental right to be treated with the dignity and respect every child deserves. You will not only bring positive change to the lives of these vulnerable children, but also their children and generations to come. And in doing so, you will enrich your life as well.
You can be a CASA: You do not have to be a lawyer or social worker to be a volunteer. We welcome people from all walks of life. We are simply looking for people who care about children and have common sense. As a volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and well supported by professional staff to help you through each case. You must pass a background check, participate in a 30-hour pre-service training course and agree to stay with a case until it is closed (a year and a half on average).
Source: National CASA http://www.casaforchildren.org/site/c.mtJSJ7MPIsE/b.5301295/k.BE9A/Home.htm
Please get involved because it takes a village to save a child.
Search through the contacts below to find the CASA/GAL location nearest you.
Hawaii https://www.facebook.com/casahawaii?ref=stream (They are working on their website)
Idaho http://www.isc.idaho.gov/guardian/helpful-links (This page has all the Idaho CASA links)
Iowa https://childadvocacy.iowa.gov/staticpages/index.php?page=Locations (This page has a link to every office in Iowa.)
New Hampshire http://www.casanh.org/
New Jersey http://www.casaofnj.org/
New Mexico http://nmcasa.org/
New York http://www.casanys.org/
North Carolina http://www.nccourts.org/Citizens/GAL/
North Dakota No state organization
South Carolina http://www.rccasa.org/
South Dakota http://www.sdcasa.org/
West Virginia http://www.wvcasa.org/
Wyoming There is no state organization
Washnington D.C. http://casadc.org/