For almost 20 years we have been helping volunteer advocates represent the best interests of foster children in family court. Though our numbers have grown, our program still only serves a third of the children in foster care within our judicial circuit.
In 2016 we're expanding our highly trained volunteer force by combining valuable resources we're grateful to have available to us—many of them available for the first time!
A VISIBLE DIFFERENCE:
Does the CASA model of service really make a difference for the foster kids in our community? We have personal proof that it does!
CASA volunteer advocacy reduces the time children are in state custody—enough that one of our circuit judges clearly saw the difference. He says that foster care cases with CASAs just wrapped up faster. After he retired from the bench he trained to become a CASA volunteer and still serves with us.
CASAs catch ways to deliver services to foster children when the overworked system misses the need. CASAs stop foster children from "falling through the cracks."
VOLUNTEER SERVICE COSTS MONEY?
Yes. When it's tied to a child's well-being and improved future. Our volunteers are sworn court officers, bound to their duty, witnessing difficult circumstances.
The cost for volunteer initial training & ongoing continuing education, transportation cost reimbursement and support staff—averages out to $1,000 per child, per year.
We strongly believe our foster children deserve the dignity and hope provided when a CASA is assigned to them.
We truly appreciate your willingness to help foster children's futures.