When the court is making decisions that will impact a child’s future, the child needs and deserves a spokesperson- an objective adult to provide independent information about the best interests of the child. While other parties in the case are concerned about the child, those parties also have other interests. The CASA volunteer is the only person in the case whose sole concern is the best interest of the child. Through CASA, every child gets a “voice” in court. A CASA volunteer gives individual attention to each case.
An abused or neglected child has come from a world of chaos and instability. For the child, there is fear. Fear of being hurt; fear of being alone and fear about the future. For the children who are in out-of-home placements, there can be many changes in schools and homes before a decision is made in regard to where the child should be placed. A CASA volunteer can be the sole source of stability in the child’s life. A CASA is a trusted, dependable adult who doesn’t go away and who gives the child hope for a better future. This, then, is an opportunity to benefit our most vulnerable children, those who have been abused and neglected.