What it means to be a CASA volunteer
When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help them. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate®, or CASA.
CASA volunteers are screened and highly trained and then appointed by judges to represent and advocate for a child’s best interests in the child protection system. CASA volunteers are each assigned to help one child or set of siblings at a time, so they can focus on giving that child or sibling group the individualized advocacy and attention they need. CASA volunteers save taxpayers money and children’s futures by helping children find a safe, permanent homes as soon as possible.
CASA continues to provide valuable volunteer advocacy for every abused child in this area. CASA volunteers serve as the “eyes and ears” for the judge in child welfare cases. This includes researching each child’s situation and making objective recommendations to help them reclaim their childhoods from abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers are frequently the only stable presence in these children’s lives as they navigate the foster care system.
These volunteers bring three critical qualities to their work: they focus on one case at a time; they bring a unique perspective to the court case; and their sole objective is representing the best interests of the child.
Ways to get involved:
We have been in our new location since October and held our Open House & Ribbon Cutting on January 11. It was well attended by CASA Advocates, staff (current & past), Board Members (current & past), our Community Partners, several Chambers, County & City Officials, and the general public. Thank you to the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and the Blue Blazers for spearheading this event, and for all the support given to our program by all of you across Austin, Colorado, Waller and Washington Counties!
Also, a big thank you to the Steering Committee and those that were instrumental in starting this program back in 2006. We began serving children in 2007 and have been serving children in the foster care system for over 10 years now. We are excited about our new location and the future of our organization, and what this means for the abused and neglected children that we serve.
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