Sunday, May 14, 2006

CASA for children: Court-Appointed Special Advocates

Concerned over making decisions about abused and neglected children's lives without sufficient information, a Seattle judge conceived the idea of using trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of these children in court. So successful was this Seattle program that soon judges across the country began utilizing citizen advocates. In 1990, the U.S. Congress encouraged the expansion of CASA with passage of the Victims of Child Abuse Act. Today more than 900 CASA program offices are in operation, with trained women and men serving as CASA volunteers. CASA is an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocate.

You don't need a degree to be an advocate for a child. Training is provided. You would then become an advocate for a child that might otherwise get lost in the foster care system.


At 9:07 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

As a former foster child and current child advocate, I am 100% in favor of CASA.


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