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News and Updates from the National CASA Association
It's back-to-school for children across the country, including 250,000 school-aged kids in foster care. This and every school year, our nationwide network of volunteers is focused on supporting the children we serve in their pursuit of a quality education.

Students in foster care are more likely to fall behind in school and less likely to graduate from high school. On average, they will spend three years in the system and attend nine different schools. A CASA volunteer is there to advocate for stability. Volunteers make sure each child has what they are legally entitled to and what they need to learn successfully.

Meet Volunteer of the Year Diana Smith

When her assigned CASA child—a non-verbal boy—moved school districts, volunteer Diana Smith went to great lengths to help him succeed.


The “Best Way” to Give Back

A new publication highlighting stories of hope encouraged readers to become CASA volunteers, calling it the "best" way to give back to youth in your community.


More than 400,000 children still need a CASA volunteer.
Find your local program and sign up for a training.

Image Credit: Brian Rea, The New York Times

"Four Castaways Make a Family," a New York Times "Modern Love" essay

“I had come to believe that the most important therapy is permanence,” writes author Rene Denfeld in latest essay in the New York Times’ Modern Love series. Denfeld shares her beautiful story of adopting three children from foster care and how the act of loving so-called “difficult children” helped her overcome her own painful childhood.


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