Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) is a public, non-profit charitable organization with a mission to make a difference in our community by recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers to serve as advocates for children whose families have been cited for abuse and neglect by the following Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts:

Rockingham County

Harrisonburg

 

Augusta County

Staunton

Waynesboro

Rockbridge County

Lexington

Buena Vista

Founded in 1994, CASA for Children is part of an association of CASA organizations nationwide. The Court Appointed Special Advocate program was first established in 1977 by The Honorable David Soukup, a Seattle judge who was concerned about  making decisions on behalf of abused and neglected children without sufficient information to support his decisions. Out of his concern, Judge Soukup came up with the idea to use trained advocates to speak for children in court. The Seattle program was such a success that judges throughout the country have requested CASA organizations for their own jurisdictions.

Today, there are nearly 1,000 CASA programs nationwide. We are proud to be part of this network.

 

Although CASA volunteers do not get involved in providing or disproving abuse charges, their written reports to the presiding juvenile court judge provide in-depth review of each child’s family circumstances. Their reports are expected to be independent, objective, fact-based, and thorough. The ultimate goal is to ensure that each child is placed in a safe and permanent home.

Court Appointed Special Advocates change lives

“Being in foster care is living in a constant state of flux. Homes, schools, families . . . everything is always changing, and often without warning. The only constant was my CASA volunteer. Without her, I would have been lost in the system.”

Melissa

Former Foster Youth

THE PROBLEM: Overwhelmed Systems

The estimated number of abused and neglected children under the protection of the local Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts

The average child will spend nearly 2 years (20 months) in foster care.

On average, each one of those children will change homes three times.

THE SOLUTION: Citizen Volunteers

Staff Member

supports 30 volunteers

serving 75 children

THE RESULTS: Brighter Futures

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A child with a CASA volunteer is half as likely to re-enter the foster-care system.

They are more likely to succeed in school.

OUR VISION: Serving Every Child

CASA volunteers help change children's lives every day in Rockingham, Augusta, and Rockbridge counties

abused and neglected children served through CASA last year.

children* are waiting for a volunteer empowered to find them a safe, loving, permanent home. (*on average)