Did you know that the primary goal of the foster system is to reunite children with their parents?
Naturally, this is an admirable goal. In some cases, though, it is a long process that may end in futility. That long process can be hard on the children. These children, who already have a history of abuse and neglect, often endure multiple foster homes and schools, supervised visits with parents, and interactions with several case workers and attorneys who represent the parents.
The process can be terrifying for children. They can feel lost, unloved, out of control, or angry (or all of the above, and more). They may even feel defenseless. And these kids deserve someone who will defend them.
That’s why CASA was created.
In 1976, Superior Court Judge David Soukup of Seattle became concerned about making decisions regarding abused and neglected children's lives without sufficient information. He conceived the idea of using trained community volunteers, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, to gather information about the children and bring it to court. Judge Soukup’s program in Seattle was so successful that judges across the country began similar citizen advocate programs. In 1990, the U.S. Congress encouraged the expansion of CASA with the passage of the Victims of Child Abuse Act.
CASA’s success depends on the commitment of the community. We as an organization depend on community support. Without the participation of dedicated volunteers who are willing to invest in the children we serve, CASA wouldn’t exist.
Can you share your voice with a child? Will you fill the need for professional, compassionate advocates?
Get inspired: Read about the successes in CASA of Vermilion County.
Get into action: Learn more about what Court-Appointed Special Advocates do.