Mission: Fairfax CASA operates at the request of the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic District Court Judges to ensure that the best interests of abused and neglected children are served and that every abused and neglected child is placed in a safe,permanent,and loving home as quickly as possible. It has been demonstrated that children who have suffered from abuse and neglect can benefit greatly by having a CASA volunteer spend time with them, get to know their individual circumstances and needs, and stand up for their best interests in court.
Programs: Responding to this need, Fairfax CASA operates a highly specialized recruitment, training, and supervisory program to provide advocacy services for abused and neglected children at the request of the juvenile court judges. Volunteer advocates receive 30 hours of highly specialized pre-service training to carry out the mandate of the Court to: (1) investigate each case of child abuse and neglect to provide independent factual information to the court; (2) submit to the court a written report of the investigation in compliance with statutory provisions regarding such reports, including recommendations as to the child's welfare; (3) monitor each case to ensure compliance with the court's orders, including observing the child in his or her placement; and, (4) assist the guardian ad litem's representation of the child's needs and best interests [per the CASA Order as codified by the Commonwealth of Virginia,
Fairfax CASA has one of the most inspiring missions I have yet to see of an organization. They employ a friendly staff, and bring together a great group of volunteers that really want to make an impact in their local community. Most importantly, they understand all the important details of running any effective organization. Fairfax CASA provides clear and concise training, consistent communication, and ongoing support for their volunteers. They also effectively run their budget so that the as many dollars as possible go toward the programs in support of the mission. The fact that Fairfax CASA delivers all of these items effectively is what makes Fairfax CASA the best organization I have volunteered with to date.