CASA and guardian ad litem volunteers change children's lives. Appointed by judges, they ensure that the needs of abused and neglected children are heard—in the community and in the courtroom.
Meet a few of the 77,000 volunteers who are standing up for children today.
CASA for Children of (Washington) DC
Jennifer Mulveny's drive to give back had led her to volunteer in homeless shelters, tutor children in afterschool programs and build houses with Habitat for Humanity. When she contacted CASA for Children of DC, she was looking for a more meaningful, lasting role, one where she could build relationships and see a positive end result. Little did she know that her "positive result" would take longer than most.
Jennifer describes spending 10 years helping one little girl find a forever home.
Lucas County CASA, Toledo, OH
“I knew from my work with the courts and medical professionals that that our children were suffering from abuse and neglect. It was a need that I recognized in the community. Becoming a CASA volunteer gave me the opportunity to do something about it.”
Read more about Maria
CASA Prince George's County
Before Tomika Holmes was named a "40 Under 40" by the Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund, before she was a police officer or a college student graduating magna cum laude, before she was a wife and mother, Holmes was a little girl with a CASA volunteer.
Read Tomika's story in the 2011 National CASA Annual Report.
CASA for Riverside County, Riverside, CA
As a volunteer and an activist, Gordon Elkins is focused on improving the lives of children in care who identify as LGBT. When he was sworn in as a CASA volunteer in June 2010, Gordon asked to be appointed to advocate for a gay youth and was assigned to Angel, a 15-year-old boy.
Read more about Gordon and his work with Angel.
Chuck and Carolyn Lilly
Cleveland County CASA, Norman, OK
Chuck and Carolyn agree that the rewards of CASA volunteerism come from seeing the children’s smiles and from knowing that you are making a lasting difference in their lives. Chuck recalls one particularly successful outcome, when he helped to keep three siblings together and with a family they loved.
Meet more CASA and GAL volunteers.