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 933 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

Are you ready to change a child’s life? Join a national network of 77,000 volunteers standing up for the rights of abused and neglected children in their community. Learn more and contact your local CASA or guardian ad litem program today. Read More >>

Donate Today

234,000 children have a CASA volunteer standing by their side each year, ensuring their voices are heard and needs are met. But another 400,000 go it alone. You can change that. Donate to National CASA for Children—help us reach every child. Read More >>

Join Our Movement

CASA for Children is one place where a single individual—you—can make all the difference. Become a member of this caring community—on the local or national level. Become a volunteer, a donor, or simply stay in touch and informed. 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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