The National Court Appointed Special Advocate (National CASA) Association was founded in 1982 and provides technical assistance and national leadership to local programs across the country. The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the American Bar Association, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children and Families endorse the CASA concept.
The National CASA Association is a network of nearly 1,000 programs that work to recruit, train and support court-appointed volunteers to stand up for the rights of abused and neglected children. Volunteer advocates offer judges and officials with the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care. For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.
More than 702,000 children in the United States are in foster care and family court systems. On average, those children will spend nearly 20 months in foster care and change homes three times. Even more shocking: every day in this country, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die.
These statistics are more than just numbers on a page; every number represents a child in need of support in finding a safe, permanent home where they will thrive with love and care. The National CASA supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe.
CASA trained volunteers have the power to change the statistics. With nearly 77,000 volunteers across the country, more than 250,000 children were given a voice by having an advocate by their side. There are still 452,000 children who are waiting for a volunteer empowered to help them find safe, loving, permanent homes. CASA won’t stop until every child has the home they deserve.
Download the PDF about CASA for more information: Court Appointed Special Advocates Change Lives