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Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc.

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Causes: Administration of Justice, Child Abuse Prevention, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence

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.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve worked with CASA in the past. They have a true dedication to their work and strive to provide services to those in need. I support their mission and intend to continue to offer my support in the future.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Henrico CASA is a fantastic non-profit. I've taken part in their annual Superhero Run and I have met many great people who donate time and money to this group. This non-profit group fills a vital need in our community and without this group many children would not have the support they need to navigate complicated court matters. I donate to this non-profit every chance I get.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been helping to raise money for CASA for a couple years. They help protect and mentor kids in unfortunate circumstances. I love doing the superhero run every year. This organization is just fantastic!

1 Darlena C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This program is amazing. They use the money raised to help abused/neglected children through the court system. It enables each child to have their own representive “Casa” in court. The “Casa” is trained to investigate all aspects of the child’s life and then write a report to the judge as to what is in the best interest of the child. They do an amazing job.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

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!!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is my 11th year of serving on the Board of Directors for HCASA. Obviously I would not continue to commit my time, energy and financial resources if I did not believe that the organization uses my gifts to maximum advantage to better the lives of children in need of help.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Barbara Herzog has been involved with this organisation for many many year's.
She has a passion for the children she and the organisation supports .
She will go an extra mile in all she does .

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Henrico CASA for 3+ years and wouldn't trade it for any volunteer experience in the world. It's been an absolutely positive experience. Besides doing the wonderful work that the entire CASA office does, a special shout-out to Barbara and Jeanine (my personal CASA supervisor), and the entire staff. The volunteers couldn't do their work without such wonderful, loving, caring, and diligent staff!!!

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her11 10/19/2015

Lori - you are the best! Thank you so much for your commitment to the children we serve.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I choose Henrico CASA as the number one charity I give to each year. The work they do on behalf of abused and neglected children is paramount to building a strong community.

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her11 10/07/2015

Thank you for your commitment to our program!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Henrico CASA for about 4 years now. Working so closely with a nonprofit has provided me the pleasure of both understanding and observing how invaluable the services are that CASA provides. Being a voice for a vunerable child can change the course of a life. CASA is not just a nonprofit, CASA is a life changer, and that is because of the amazing men and women that are behind the lines volunteering and encouraging and guiding volunteers. Today I am giving CASA 5 stars, because I know if I were a child in need, CASA would be there to advocate for me! I highly recommend this oranization both to work with, to vounteer with , and to support! Thank you CASA for all that you do and all that you are!

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her11 10/07/2015

Abbey - You have been with Henrico CASA for several years more now. We could not do it without you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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her11 10/07/2015

Kenneth -We are so grateful that you remain as an active volunteer advocates today! Thank you for your many years of service to the children of Henrico County.