Court Appointed Special Advocates is an organization of volunteer advocates who stand up on behalf of abused and neglected children because they want them to have a future brighter and more hopeful than their past.
To improve the lives of children in foster care through powerful volunteer advocacy until each child is placed in a safe and permanent home.
THE CHILDREN WE SERVE
Voices for Children trains and supports community volunteers to be the voice for children in court, in schools, at home and in the community. Each year, hundreds of children in the Voices for Children service area are confirmed victims of child abuse and neglect. These children have experienced terrible trauma, and their lives are turned upside down. Child Protective Services takes legal responsibility for them and may place them in a foster home or another facility. Due to too few foster homes, siblings are often split up into different places. Children are rarely able to stay in their own schools, daycares, or communities. Everything they have known is gone.
Through no fault of their own, these abused children have become a part of an overburdened child welfare system. They deserve a voice in the courtroom. They need a CASA volunteer!
Voices for Children has over 160 active volunteers who come from all walks of life. They span all age ranges. Some are just beginning in the workforce, and others are retired. Over half of our volunteers work full-time and have families. Some have backgrounds in the criminal justice system, social work, or child welfare. Other volunteers have no such experience at all.
All of our volunteers have one thing in common- a desire to change the life for a foster child in their own community and a drive to tackle tough situations head-on.