Our volunteers get to know the child:
- They listen.
- They talk to the people in the child’s life to find out what they need to heal and thrive.
- They make sure the child is safe.
- They help the child reach a safe, permanent home.
CASA Volunteer Advocates give a child a voice:
- They report the child’s wishes and recommendations for their best interest in written and verbal reports to the Juvenile Court.
- They empower children to speak up and express concerns, views and wishes in meetings.
- They speak for the child and help the child’s team stay focused on the child’s needs first.
- They communicate the strengths of a child and their family and help others build a plan that meets their individual needs.
CASA Volunteers find creative solutions so their needs are met:
- They advocate for services to be put in place to address the root causes of family issues.
- They research and find resources to recommend to ensure children in foster care have every opportunity to thrive.
- They work directly with parents and other caregivers to ensure they have access and are empowered to utilize services like housing, employment, and mental health treatment.
- They facilitate conversations with everyone involved in the life of a child so that services can be coordinated.
- They investigate and research family placement options that DCS may not have time or resources to locate.
CASA Volunteers focus on the whole child:
- They advocate for health and wellness services.
- They participate in educational meetings and advocate for tutoring and Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
- They encourage and help children build competencies and life skills.
- They attend extracurricular activities in support of a child, and make sure they have someone there for them.
- They ensure children in foster care enjoy the ordinary experiences of childhood like attending summer camp, participating in sports, and exploring their own interests.
CASA Volunteers keep children in contact with their family:
- They advocate for regular, consistent, and sometimes therapeutic parental visitation.
- They work to keep sibling groups in one foster placement whenever possible.
- When siblings are separated, they advocate for sibling visits and facilitate communication between siblings.
- They investigate alternative placements with family members that DCS and others may have overlooked or unknown as potential long term guardians.
- They advocate for adoption as a last resort, and work to ensure every child has a family to call their own.