A safe, permanent home isn't something a child should only dream about. Yet, hundreds of children in this area live in foster care. They have been removed from their homes, not because they did anything wrong, but because they have been abused or neglected. They have few assurances that they will ever live a normal life. With overburdened caseloads, the social workers, attorneys, and judges may not have the time to give the thorough attention these children deserve.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are trained volunteers that only focus on one case at a time. A CASA serves as an impartial third party who speaks for the child's interests. Specifically, the CASA is focused on shortening the child's time in foster care, and recommends a permanent placement for the child that will provide safety and predictability.
Volunteers unable to commit to working on a child's case can also help by serving on the board, assisting with fundraising projects, serving as surrogate parents for special education students without a parent/guardian to represent their interests in the school system, acting as hospital sitters for foster children who are sick, helping with special events, helping in the office, and/or writing newsletter articles.