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National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association

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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Crime & Law, Crime & Legal-Related, Domestic Violence, Protection Against Abuse, Public & Societal Benefit

Mission:

The National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, together with its state and local members, supports and promotes court appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes. Every year, nearly 750,000 children experience foster care and need a caring adult to speak up for their best interests. A CASA volunteer is that voice.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 76,000 abused and neglected children

Programs: Conferences and Training for court volunteers.

Community Stories

85 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a great organization to work for. The CEO is a continuous source of inspiration. Takes so much strength and courage to run a boat with so many leaks. It's truly inspiring for a leader that doesn't care what others think about her and march to her own drummer

Lori179

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a CASA volunteer advocate I have had an incredibly rewarding experience. I am thankful that I chose to take a chance and step outside of my comfort zone to help children. I recommend anyone wondering where to volunteer that they can make a true impact, to contact their local CASA agency. You WILL make a difference.

Alexander17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a CASA for over 2 years now, I've had the absolute privilege of being a part of a truly amazing organization. CASA does work for the groups who need it most - and who tragically don't have many other people advocating for them.

Debbie212

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a CASA for young man since he was ten until he passed away at age 16. He was an amazing young man I was supposed to be helping him but he made a world of difference in my life. I'm so thankful to have been there with him all the way to the end. I was there when they made Hospital it was not easy but I wouldn't change a thing.I was able to bring things to the court as to what I thought was the best interest for my child. It was not always what perhaps social workers or others thought was best but I knew him I understood his needs and Ifought for him in court for what I felt was right for him. I was a team leader and was able to see what other causes were doing with their children and encourage one another. If you focus on the child not the politics it is wonderful. I would love to add a picture of my link but I still value his privacy even though he's passed away.

Christian F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The most effective way to serve vulnerable children in our community. Love CASA!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The sorority I am a member of, Kappa Alpha Theta, supports CASA as our main philanthropy. The more I learn about CASA, the bigger spot it has in my heart. This organization and its volunteers are truly amazing people doing amazing things in our communities. Everyone working for CASA is truly selfless and inspire so many people every day, doing so with no expectation of recognition. We love you all!

Pamela127

Board Member

Rating: 5

As current secretary and former president of the board of CASA of the Eastern Panhandle (WV), I can attest to the wonderful work our staff and volunteers do every day. Whether working directly with the children or raising funds, our volunteers give their time to make the lives of abused and neglected children more stable and happier.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just celebrated my 4 year anniversary with CASA of Harrison County. It is a wonderful organization, one of the few nonprofits I have worked with where EVERY member of the staff has their heart in the right place. Can't wait to round the bend on half a decade!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

At the beginning of 2016 I was looking to make a difference in my community. After some internet searching, I found my county's local CASA office. I found out more information, started training and was officially became a CASA in April. I love making a difference in a child's life!

Molly10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a foster care alumni and now advocate, researcher, and practitioner I see every day the work CASA advocates do to help foster youth succeed. They are a vital lifeline to the persistence and resiliency of so youth that so many ignore.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed working with CASA LA. As a volunteer I felt well prepared and feel very supported by a great team.

Dolly4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved as a volunteer in many non-profits over the years, but I have never felt that my work was more important than my time and effort spent as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children (CASA). I began this service during college and continued through my teaching career and into retirement. I feel CASA has given me the opportunities to use my talents and training to truly make the biggest differences in the lives of children who find themselves in the court system through no faults of their own. Great good is done for the children, and great satisfaction is received by the CASA volunteers when they see final results, healing, safe placements, and smiles.

Hazel3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned a lot about CASA while helping our local branch, NM Kids Matter, organize their offices in Albuquerque. Here is a photo story about that project: http://www.nmorganizer.com/pdfs/kidsmatter.pdf

Jennifer581

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a CASA for 8 years and am still going strong (with the same child who will turn 18 in 6 months!), due in a large part to the level of training I received initially and ongoing level of support. CASA offers a large selection of relevant ongoing training to volunteers and works so hard to offer unique experiences and opportunities for CASA children.

Bettie P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked as Volunteer Coordinator for almost three years and served as a CASA volunteer on several cases as well. I found this volunteer organization extremely rewarding and helpful to the children they serve. After working as a court Advocate in two counties in OK and two Native American courts I can say there is a great need for CASA and I will go back and become a volunteer in CO when I am able. Awesome group!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The training and support I received as a CASA was tremendous. Due to that, I was able to make a lifelong impact on the child I advocated for. I can't say enough positive things about the CASA program.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I started off as a CASA volunteer in 2011 and became a full time employee. I was the admin for 3 months, volunteer recruiter/trainer for 2.5 years , and then development director for a year. I stayed on as a volunteer advocate after I switched nonprofits. CASA is an awesome organization and they do wonderful work! Thank you to all of the CASA volunteers around the world ♡ I have attached a picture of my wrist tattoo.

Lna P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a CASA Program Director of a rural county in Washington State I watch my volunteers go above and beyond in the best interests of children. More devoted than lawyers and social workers they'll leave no stone unturned to help a child feel wanted and loved - what a fabulous organization!

Michelle379

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I learned about the CASA program during my work as a graduate student, I knew it would be a part of my life in the future. Seven years later I took my oath and began my journey as a CASA. I have been appointed to the same amazing teen for 3 years and through all the challenges and struggles and frustrations, we formed an unbreakable bond. She knows that I am 100% on her side like no one else in her life and will always advocate for her best interest. I feel so fortunate to be on this journey with her and that together we are creating her future.
I believe in the service of this program In truly changing the lives for foster children. If we offer nothing else, we offer ourselves and hope. If you believe in the idea that we are all called to "be the change you want to see in the world," this is the organization through which you can help to accomplish this, one child at a time.
After 3 years of serving as a CASA, I am now the Program Manager for our organization with the hope that we can serve every foster child in our community.

Janet-Paul D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started with some apprehension if I could make even a tiny impact on my appointed kids. When I see them smiling at the door as I get out of my car and 'can you help me with my homework' I feel like I have touched them and building trust and hopes for their future.

Stacey61

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a CASA volunteer and staff person, I see everyday the difference a CASA makes in the life of a foster child. One CASA ensures that her CASA kids, who are separated, have sibling visits at least twice a month. Another makes sure her kiddo sees the cousins she grew up with. Yet another CASA took her kiddo to the zoo for the first time at the age of 17. At the same time they all made recommendations to the judge regarding the best interest of the children they serve. They are making life long memories.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An organization that truly seeks to find solutions that are in the best interest of the child.

MaryLu C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud that I was a CASA/GAL for 15 years. The volunteers in this organization are extremely dedicated in advocating for children who are abused or neglected. I have seen so many a child start out in family court looking so sad and lost and then find that there is a responsible, knowledgeable, friendly adult assigned just to him or her and no one else. They come to trust their CASA to care enough to spend time to know them and make sure all of their needs are addressed. It has been very rewarding to be trusted by children who are hurting, speak to their best interest during court hearings, and see what a difference a competent, caring person can make in a child's life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love being a CASA. Excellent well rounded training!

Beth177

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am still in my first year as a CASA volunteer. It has been such a rewarding experience. Advocating for children, facing difficult circumstances that are out of their control, is the most meaningful work I've ever done. CASA of Norfolk - lead by Roxie Hoven - has established positive partnerships with the local judges and social services. Roxie provides volunteers with continuous opportunities for education and skill building. Being a CASA isn't always easy - but it's so worth pressing through those difficult experiences in order to help others. It's an incredible non-profit held up by a courageous leader who inspires us to be brave and strong for the children. The CASA organization deserves recognition and support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nothing makes me feel better than knowing I'm there for my CASA kid. Unfortunately, I'm the ONLY one that has been in her life consistently for eight years. A CASA volunteer makes a big difference to a child.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a CASA for over 10 years. It is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I am proud to have helped 29 children through their journey while in the foster care system. The organization provides great training and continuing education. It is also a benefit to be paired with a Guardian Ad Litem to serve the kids to our best ability.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a CASA Advocate for 1 year and have found that myself and other advocates are the people the kids know they can count on. We are the ones that always answer the phone, the one they trust and the one they run and hug. We have the ability and time to develop relationships these kids desperately need. CASA is one of the best nonprofits around.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm just about to celebrate my 4 year anniversary of being sworn in as a CASA in Dane County, Wisconsin! The cases can be rollercoaster rides, but the training and support offered by the staff at the local, State and National levels are thorough and complete to make sure volunteers are prepared. But by far the best part is building relationships with the kiddos and giving them the support they need as they find permanency!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a CASA advocate for 9 years. I have had the honor of being a voice for children who have no voice. I have met some of the nicest people in the world through local programs and National CASA. If we don't speak for these children they will fall through the cracks of our system. Always will love this program. It works!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been an advocate for children who have been abused or neglected for 16 years. These children find themselves in a situation where their world is turned upside through no fault of their own. Usually, the Court Appointed Special Advocate is the one consistent adult in the life if a child from the beginning of the case to the end. I know I made a difference in the lives of the children who have been entrusted to my advocacy.

I am sad to see people who are upset with their local program/director give this organization less than 5 stars. Overall, CASA makes a difference!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've learned so much in my time as a casa. The organization is so well run and is doing amazing things to help children in vulnerable places.

CHitch

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I served as a CASA volunteer with Hudson County CASA in NJ for 5 years. During this time I shepherded the adoptions of 8 children. I worked on stalled adoption cases and one case for over two years when a potential adoption went wrong. The system is broken and sometimes the CASA volunteer is the only constant in these childrens' lives. The work is difficult and certainly not for the faint of heart. However, it is the most rewarding work I have done in my life. It takes a person with drive and determination, compassion and a true desire to make a difference. Someone that is able to keep their eye on the prize for the children they advocate for and that prize is permanancy. CASA is a wonderful organization and serves so many underserved children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Loved volunteering with CASA! I felt like I really helped the kids and the community. Also felt really supported by the CASA staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had incredibly fulfilling and powerful experiences as a CASA. Amazing what a difference a small effort and a real commitment can make with great support staff in our county!! We change kids' lives by just showing up for them consistantly, being positive, caring, and showing them they have options no matter what they have suffered. Our voices in court have made big differences with great judges for suffering children.