The need for CASA advocates is more urgent than ever. Please help us help a child by making a donation today.
CASA volunteers are ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things. Our volunteers come from all walks of life with a variety of professional, educational, and ethnic backgrounds. Over 700 people volunteer as CASAs, located in 20 programs in 32 counties.
CASA volunteers are appointed by Family Court judges to advocate for the best interests of a child victim in cases of abuse and neglect. A volunteer's role in abuse and neglect proceedings is to present the court with a neutral perspective regarding what is in the best interests of the child. To prepare their recommendations, CASA volunteers talk with the child, as well as parents, family members, social workers and other persons involved in the child's life.
The telephones are ringing everyday with more and more cases. National studies have shown that a child who has been assigned a CASA volunteer spends less time in court and less time in foster care than those who do not have CASA representation. We want to be able to provide a CASA to every abused / neglected child who is caught up in the court system. To do this we need to increase our volunteer pool.
Each CASA program in NYS provides both initial and in-service training to volunteers. Before being sworn in by a Family Court Judge, a volunteer must complete a comprehensive 30-hour pre-service training. The curriculum, designed by the National CASA Association, informs volunteers about courtroom procedures, the dynamics of abuse and neglect, cultural differences, and effective advocacy techniques. Volunteers are also trained in state and local resources and regulations.
A gift of your time can help. Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate and speak for the best interests of an abused and neglected child in court. For more information about volunteer opportunities in your area, click here to find your local CASA program and contact the program director.
Our programs also have a need for volunteer help in other areas – clerical, fundraising, etc. And of course, your generous donations are most appreciated.
The Child Safety and Risk Assessment Training will present an opportunity to understand the process that child welfare and family court judges work through when they are making decisions about wh... read more
Local CASA programs will bring staff, board members and Volunteers to meet with their legislators in Albany on 3/15/16. CASANYS State Association board members will join the local programs at leg... read more
911 Central Avenue, #117
Albany, NY 12206