CASA volunteers are specially trained to work on behalf of children in foster care to ensure the children receive the care and services they need. The CASA representative's only job is to look out for the child's best interest, from the time they enter foster care until they are reunited with their family or placed for adoption.
- Appear in court to speak for the child
- Visits child regularly
- Let the child know that someone is looking out for them
- A CASA volunteer works with only 3-4 children at a time, so that each one receives priority and special attention
"Parents are supposed to provide love and support. But when that doesn't happen, someone needs to speak up and protect the children who otherwise remain victims."
This is where our CASA workers come into play. CASA workers are often the only consistent face that a child sees while in care. Being a CASA is truly an honor and can change a child's life. We always need volunteers in the CASA program. If you are interested please click here to apply.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate; a non-profit organization that is a tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 charity that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings. We are one of 933 organizations that provide similar services in juvenile courts across the United States.
Each CASA organization is independent and is governed by a local board of directors. The national CASA organization provides support and coordinates information for all CASA chapters.
We provide a required 33-hour pre-service training course. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, pass a thorough background check, have their own transportation, and the ability to dedicate an average of 15-20 hours per month to the casework.
- Funding to hire 20 additional advocate supervisors trained in social work
- Up to 500 new volunteers
- Funding for additional training and office facilities
We have adopted an aggressive business plan to grow our resources so that we can meet 100% of the need of the abused and neglected children in Genesee County. Our additional funding will have to come from private donors and foundations.
Become a CASA volunteer. You can make a lasting impact a child's life by becoming a CASA volunteer. Call Volunteer Coordinator at 810-238-3333 ext. 211 or complete this form.
- Become a donor to CASA. It roughly takes $1,200 to provide one child with a CASA volunteer for one year. It costs $200 to train one new CASA volunteer. We rely on the community's support to keep our program running. Click here and donate today.
- Support CASA's events. Volunteer your time planning or working at one of CASA's annual events. Or attend an event with your friends and family. A full listing of events is located here.
- Check to see if your place of employment has a giving program or foundation. If they do, call 810-238-3333 ext. 206.
- Spread the word about CASA's mission. Host a party and invite a CASA representative to speak. Invite CASA to a meeting at your work, organization, bible study group, or book club.
CASA is a national model that has been shown to improve outcomes for participating children in the foster care system. As an evidence-based model, CASA of Genesee County has specific inputs, activities, and outcomes which have been organized, below, into a logic model explaining the program methodology.
Take a closer look at the logic model for CASA.
For more information about CASA or to ask us a question, please call 810-238-3333.
Listen to "CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocate" an episode of the "Adoption Hacks" podcast, to hear more about CASA.
"CASA supports and promotes court appointed volunteer advocacy so every child who has experienced abuse or neglect can be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving home.
If you are curious what CASA is, how it works, how it impacts foster kids and how to get involved - this is a great episode to listen to! Get all the info here!"