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    Who are CASA volunteers?

    CASA volunteers are ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things. Our volunteers come from all walks of life with a variety of professional, educational, and ethnic backgrounds. Over 600 people volunteer as CASAs, located in 17 programs in 29 counties.

    What do they do?

    CASA volunteers are appointed by Family Court judges to advocate for the best interests of a child victim in cases of abuse and neglect. A volunteer's role in abuse and neglect proceedings is to present the court with a neutral perspective regarding what is in the best interests of the child. To prepare their recommendations, CASA volunteers talk with the child, as well as parents, family members, social workers and other persons involved in the child's life.

    What is the need?

    1406490_12731623.jpgThe telephones are ringing everyday with more and more cases. National studies have shown that a child who has been assigned a CASA volunteer spends less time in court and less time in foster care than those who do not have CASA representation. We want to be able to provide a CASA to every abused / neglected child who is caught up in the court system. To do this we need to increase our volunteer pool.

    What training is provided?


    Each CASA program in NYS provides both initial and in-service training to volunteers. Before being sworn in by a Family Court Judge, a volunteer must complete a comprehensive 30-hour pre-service training. The curriculum, designed by the National CASA Association, informs volunteers about courtroom procedures, the dynamics of abuse and neglect, cultural differences, and effective advocacy techniques. Volunteers are also trained in state and local resources and regulations.

    What can I do?

    A gift of your time can help. Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate and speak for the best interests of an abused and neglected child in court. For more information about volunteer opportunities in your area, click here to find your local CASA program and contact the program director.

    Our programs also have a need for volunteer help in other areas – clerical, fundraising, etc. And of course, your generous donations are most appreciated.

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