Every day in the United States, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect. Every year, approximately 780,000 children then get caught up and lost in the child welfare maze because they are no longer able to live safely at home. Imagine what it would be like to lose your parents, not because of something you did, but because they can’t — or won’t — take care of you. Now, into these children’s lives come dozens of strangers: police officers, lawyers, judges, foster parents, therapists, social workers, and more. Hopefully, one of these is a CASA volunteer.
Nobody longs for a safe and loving family more than a child in foster care. As a CASA volunteer, you are empowered by the courts to help make this dream become a reality. You are specially trained to know what is in a child’s best interest, and how to get those needs met by the system. You will be the one consistent adult in these children’s lives, vigilantly fighting for and protecting their fundamental right to be treated with the dignity and respect every child deserves. You will work with these children until they are placed in stable, loving and permanent homes. You will not only bring positive change to the lives of these vulnerable children, but also their children and generations to come. And in doing so, your life will be enriched as well.
Volunteering with CASA
Information about becoming a CASA can be found at the Athens-Oconee CASA Website.