What is CASA for Children?

Every day in this country, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die. Every day. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of nearly 1,000 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates—empowered directly by the courts—offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.

Volunteers stay with children until they are placed in loving permanent homes. For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.

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Volunteer with a CASA or GAL program today!You do not have to be a lawyer or a social worker to be a volunteer. Volunteers from all walks of life are thoroughly trained and well supported in their advocacy for children.  


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Contribute today and help us recruit, train and support our network of volunteer child advocates. Abused, neglected or abandoned children deserve a caring, consistent adult advocating for their best interests.


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Join us as we grow the network of advocates to serve America’s most vulnerable children. Memberships like yours helped 76,000 CASA/GAL advocates place an urgency on the lives of more than 251,000 foster children last year. Read More >>

The US Department of Justice has supported CASA advocacy since 1985 through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
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