What is CASA?
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA is a private, non profit organization that recruits, trains and supports court approved community volunteers, to advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children that are in the court system, seeking to assure safe, permanent families for them as quickly as possible.
CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers citizens as appointed members of the court. In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks among hundreds of current cases. CASA volunteers change that. Appointed by judges, CASA volunteers typically handle just one case at a time – and commit to staying on that case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. While others may come and go, CASA volunteers provide that one constant that children need in order to thrive.
Why Should I care?
Every 10 seconds a child is reported abused or neglected. Every 7 hours a child dies from abuse or neglect. During 2007, the Kentucky Child Protective Services received 65,820 reports of child abuse and neglect involving over 81,350 children. Child abuse constitutes more than one-half of the crimes against children ages 2 years or younger reported to the police and according to the nationwide estimates, in 80% of child abuse cases, the perpetrators were the victim’s parents.
Let us raise our voices for these children. Let us offer them a voice and a hand for them to hold. Let us unite and say…NO MORE!!