Administration of Justice,
Child Abuse Prevention,
Children & Youth,
Children & Youth Services,
Crime & Law,
Mission: Henrico CASA is a nonprofit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of children involved in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court process. The CASA program recruits, trains, and supervises competent volunteers dedicated to representing the needs of abused and neglected children, as well as other children in juvenile dependency proceedings. CASA promotes safe, permanent homes for all children and seeks to educate the community concerning the needs of abused and neglected children.
Target demographics: to help children who have been abused or neglected by their caregivers.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Each year, we help over 300 abused and neglected children in Henrico County.
Geographic areas served: Henrico County, Virginia
Programs: Henrico CASA recruits, screens, trains, and supervises highly qualified volunteers to advocate for Henrico County's abused and neglected children.
I've been a CASA in both Richmond City and now Henrico. The paid staff are smart and helpful and supportive, and the other volunteers are the kind of folks you'd like to spend time with even if you weren't working with them in Henrico CASA. The training is well organized and carefully aimed at the real issues new volunteers will be dealing with. As a CASA, will you solve all the world's problems forever? No. Will you make a real difference for kids who otherwise would not have a person whose only focus is on trying to figure out what's best for them? Yes. Will people in authority -- judges, social workers, teachers -- respect what you do and pay real attention to your recommendations? Definitely. Will you make a real difference? Yes, you will.