Henrico CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. This nonprofit works with children who have landed in the court system generally due to neglect or abuse. CASA's are the go between lawyers, social workers, counsellors, etc. THEY work with the families and children to get a clear picture of what is really happening in these situations. They spend countless hours gathering information so that THEY can be an advocate for the children who can't speak for themselves. And they are ALL volunteers. They are the unsung heroes who work everyday to ensure a positive outcome for these at risk children. CASA is run entirely on grants and donations. They do so much with so little.
Being a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a truly rewarding experience. A CASA helps children who are in difficult situations through no fault of their own. Often their parents have not provided the love and support that any child is entitled to. Sometimes these children have been abused, either sexually, physically or emotionally. We investigate their situation and recommend to the Court what we believe is the best solution.
Some of these cases are disturbing. It is not always easy to prevent your emotions from getting the best of you. I try to stay calm and determine how I can best help the child.
Although it is not an easy volunteer position, I would recommend CASA to anyone who wants to help children in need.
CASA volunteers are the extra set of eyes, ears, heart and brains you need on every case to make sure the child get the BEST outcome for him/her and their family. They are SO needed in our justice system!!!!
I serve on the board for the Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and it has been a rewarding experience. It gives me great pride knowing my contributions to the board make a difference in the lives of the children in our county. The board strives to support CASA by raising awareness and funding for the increasing numbers of children who need representation in court proceedings. The Executive Director, Staff, and Volunteers of Henrico CASA go above and beyond each day for the abused and neglected children they advocate for. Donations to CASA will continue the mission and ensure the children on Henrico County, Virginia. Please consider supporting this vital organization by visiting www.henricocasa.org.
Henrico CASA is the rare non-profit which combines compassion for the abused and neglected children they serve with exceptionally high standards for their employees and volunteers. They have a direct impact on our community by improving the lives of the children who live here. Henrico's children are safer because of the efforts of a large group of dedicated volunteers and a small cadre of hard working staff members - there have been zero re-abuse cases of children assigned a CASA in Henrico. I can't think of a better nonprofit to support if you care about helping those who need it most - children who, through no fault of there own, require the protection of the Court.
Standing In The Gap. That is what Henrico CASA volunteers do every single day. Having served on the board for three years now, I have had the honor to observe and speak with these volunteers while they advocated for children that were either neglected and or abused. Their work is powerful, thoughtful, detailed and most importantly, valued by the children they serve. They work hard to improve and save the lives of those in need.
Granted, the volunteers are the face of Henrico CASA. However, without the experience and diligence of the administrative team to support their efforts, the challenges the face daily would be overwhelming.
Advocating for neglected and or abused children is a team sport. That is what my experience with Henrico CASA has been. I have been a part of a team. A team dedicated to Stand In The Gap and create WINS for our children in need.
We have taken part in the Henrico CASA Superhero Run for several years. Great fundraiser for a great cause, and a fun way to get the community involved with this important non-profit organization.
A wonderful agency to donate your time as a volunteer! The staff is so supportive and caring! If you want to make a difference in a child's life this team of wonderful people will train you! Great ongoings trainings to prepare you to help a child. Check out their website! Get involved!