Making a Difference One Child at a Time
Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, provides a powerful voice for abused and neglected children. Today there are more than 225 children in the Chautauqua County foster
care system- toddlers who have been removed from their families because of abuse, abandonment or worse; children who have lost their parents and often been separated from their brothers and sisters; young teens who have had to change homes and schools six or seven times in just a few years, because they are shuffled between different temporary living
CASA volunteers have the power to prevent this tragic reality. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)/Chautauqua County trains and supports highly trained adult volunteers that advocate for children in the foster care system. They fight for their rights and needs until
they are in safe, loving, permanent homes. CASA volunteers speak for the child in the courtroom, representing the child’s best interests, and work to move the child as quickly and effectively as possible through the system and into a safe, permanent home. A CASA volunteer is very often the only adult a child has been able to rely upon in their entire lives. It's that simple-a qualified, caring adult can change everything.
All children deserve to be safe, and treated with respect and dignity. All children have a right to a loving home where they can rebuild friendships and learn and grow. This isn't just important; it is a fundamental obligation of our society to protect the rights and needs of our children during the most vulnerable time in their lives.
Abused and neglected children are waiting for a CASA volunteer. If you or someone you know can volunteer to speak up for a child, or you wish to become a supporter of CASA, please contact us today.