Enabling Children’s Well-Being Over Time
Children’s well-being includes the characteristics and skills that enable them to understand and navigate the world in a healthy, positive way. Well-being is related to children’s physical health and their social, behavioral and emotional functioning. CASA/GAL volunteers identify, recommend and ensure children receive the services that will support their well-being – from early childhood through their transition to adulthood.
Supporting early development
CASA volunteers work to ensure young children are in placements with loving, consistent caregivers. For infants and young children, a strong, nurturing and consistent relationship to caregivers is key to healthy development.
Enabling school-aged children to succeed
CASA volunteers advocate for appropriate educational placement and services. Children in foster care are more likely to struggle academically, or to be identified as having a disability.
Helping youth prepare for independence
Advocates help youth set and achieve post-secondary and career training goals. Many must depend fully on themselves, but also often lack the preparation others their age have had for independent living.