In Virginia Beach alone, over 1,000 cases of child abuse and neglect are substantiated each year. Virginia Beach Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a dedicated group of volunteers, assigned by judges, to provide a vital voice for these children who are too young to speak for themselves during the complicated maze of legal proceedings.
CASA volunteers are members of the community who receive extensive education and training in order to advocate for abused and neglected children - who through no fault of their own - are thrust into juvenile and domestic relations court and often, into foster care. CASA volunteers watch over and advocate for these children to make sure they don't get lost in an overburdened system. Their ultimate responsibility is to promote safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.
It is slow, painstaking, and incredibly challenging work, but one child at a time,
CASA Volunteers are making a difference in our community.