Virginia Beach CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Home
|Contact Information||Phone: (757) 385-5616|
|Headquarters||Virginia Beach, VA|
|Key People||Season Roberts, Executive Director|
|Area(s) Served||Virginia Beach, VA|
HOW DO CASA VOLUNTEERS HELP CHILDREN?
CASA volunteers are appointed by juvenile court judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. CASA volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.
Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to re-enter care. Read more evidence of effectiveness.
WHO ARE CASA VOLUNTEERS?
You do not have to be a lawyer or a social worker to be a volunteer. We welcome people from all walks of life. We are simply looking for people who care about children and have common sense. As a volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and well supported by professional staff to help you through each case.
You must pass a background check, participate in a 30-hour pre-service training course and agree to stay with a case until it is closed.
Background & History
In 1977, a Seattle juvenile court judge concerned about making drastic decisions with insufficient information conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom. From that first program has grown a network of more than 946 CASA and guardian ad litem programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states.
In 1988 the Virginia Beach Juvenile Court Judges requested that a CASA program be developed in Virginia Beach to advocate for safe, permanent homes for the abused and neglected children of this city. The first class of CASA volunteers completed training and started accepting cases in May 1989. At that time there were only 3 other programs in the state. In 1990, the General Assembly enacted legislation providing for statewide implementation of the CASA program. Today there are 28 CASA programs in Virginia, with several jurisdictions looking into starting programs in the near future.
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