Mission: National CASA's mission is to ensure that every child in or risk of being placed in foster care has a CASA Volunteer, appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court. The result is that they are placed into safe, loving homes where they can thrive.
Results: We provide on average 175 volunteers who serve up to 200 children, based upon our financial ability. Our county has nearly 600 children in foster care currently. Our fundraising efforts are all directed toward costs of recruiting and training more volunteers in order to reach even more children. Our goal is to provide a CASA for each child who needs one.
Target demographics: We serve a diverse group of children, birth through 18 years or age, who are in foster care.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 200 children
Geographic areas served: Baltimore County, Maryland
Programs: Screening, including background checks, training, and supervision of volunteer advocates; tracking through database of court cases; presentation of court reports for individual cases.
CASA recruits, screens, and trains volunteers to advocate for the best interest of children in the foster care system. The dedicated volunteers that work with the youth are able to form strong relationships that have a lasting impact on children who might otherwise not have a consistent caring adult in their lives. I have worked for CASA in two different states, and I truly believe this organization makes a difference!
This program provides children that are in the foster care system with the opportunity to have a responsible adult in their lives who offers consistency, guidance, and cares about their overall wellbeing.