"The truth is, it is my responsibility to take care of the children in our community. The truth is, it is your responsibility to take care of the children in our community. Every newly donated dollar helps give a voice to one more child in need . . . and the plight of that child is the plight of our community." 

-Teri Swope-Shussler
Vice President Operations, Northeast


Read Teri's full letter here.

CASA is a 501(c)(3) organization.

 Our Mission
To provide a qualified and compassionate court-appointed volunteer advocate to every child who is abused and neglected, to ensure the fundamental human right of having a safe, nurturing, and permanent home is met.

Our Vision
Every child who is abused and neglected will have a safe, permanent home and the support to become a healthy, empowered adult, thereby breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect.

Our Core Values

Best Interests of the Child
Will be reflected in every action of the CASA organization.
Community Responsibility
Will be served through engagement, education, and transparency.
Will be upheld  to the child, to our volunteers, and to our supporters.
Will be created through cross systemic work and seeking common ground.
Dignity and Respect
Will be demonstrated through each interaction with every person.
CASA provides court appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children.

CASA volunteers believe that every child deserves to grow up in a home free of abuse and neglect, and that growing up in a safe home is a fundamental human right.  CASA volunteers fight for that right, they lift up children's voices, they lift up children's lives with the belief that every child deserves a safe, nurturing, and permanent home.

Children with a CASA volunteer:
  • are more likely to find a safe and permanent home 
  • spend less time in foster care
  • do better in school
  • are less likely to be bounced from home to home
  • receive more help while in the foster care system
For more findings about the effectiveness of CASA volunteer advocacy click here.

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