Amount Requested: $10,000 for General Operating Support
Mission: CASA’s mission is to promote and protect the best interest of abused or neglected children involved in the juvenile courts, by training volunteers to advocate for them in court, in school and in our community to help them find safe, permanent and loving homes.
Constituents Served: CASA advocates for children who are victims of abuse or neglect referred to us by a Juvenile and Domestic Relations (JDR) Court Judge serving Augusta County, Staunton, Waynesboro, Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, Rockbridge County, Lexington, and Buena Vista. Most of the children on our cases have been removed from their homes by the Department of Social Services. Almost all of the children referred to CASA live in a household that has an income lower than 125% of the poverty guidelines. CASA served 107 children/youth during Fiscal Year 2015 in all our service areas.
Program Overview: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) recruits, selects, trains, and supervises volunteers to advocate for children who have been victims of abuse or neglect. The goal of CASA’s advocacy is to find safe, permanent and nurturing homes for abused and neglected children with no repeat victimization while in the program’s care. CASA volunteers serve as an extra set of eyes and ears for the Juvenile and Domestic Court Judge, collecting information from all parties within a child’s life and compiling the information in a court report. CASA’s Court report is the most comprehensive report that the court will receive on the child’s case. Children with a CASA on their case are better represented, receive more services, and do better on a number of well-being indicators.
Current Operating Budget: $76,128