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CASA Advocates and the Difference Caring for a Child Makes

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Do you know how CASA began?  In 1976, King County Superior Court Judge David W. Soukup of Seattle, Washington had an idea that would change the lives of millions of children and revolutionize the child welfare court cases. Judge Soukup did not believe he was receiving all the facts to decide the futures of these… Read more »

Foster Care and Placement, an Unexpected Journey

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The short narrative film ReMoved has been adopted by many CASA organizations because it paints a portrait of a young girl taken from her home, separated from her little brother and placed in foster care. With each brushstroke, the movie poignantly portrays this little girl’s pain, confusion, anger and the glimmer of hope that keeps… Read more »

CASAs Positive Impact on Teen Adoption

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In any given state, there are hundreds of young people at risk of leaving foster care without permanent connections to a stable family and community. Nationwide, 23,000 teenagers face this dilemma each year. Children aged 10 and above make up approximately 50% of the children waiting for adoption. Is adoption preferable to permanent connections with,… Read more »

How will you spend this Valentine’s Day?

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Wouldn’t you love to spend it in a meaningful and important way—and enrich your life at the same time? Valentine’s Day is the celebration of love, and love is often a large part of what being a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is all about. Every day in this country, 1,900 children are the victims… Read more »

Who Can Volunteer to be a CASA Advocate?

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What is a CASA? When an abused or neglected child is removed from an unsafe environment and placed in foster care, a judge may appoint an Advocate to represent the best interests of that child or youth—in and out of court. This committed volunteer is a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA.

What does a CASA Advocate do?

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In 2013, there were 796 children in foster care in Montgomery County. While each child’s story is unique, there are some identifiers that are common to foster children. Many are shuffled from foster home to foster home, during which time lapses in education often occur due to these frequent moves. Abused and neglected children often… Read more »

Making Smooth Transitions for the Youngest Children in Foster Care

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Infants and toddlers who are removed from their home and placed in foster care need special consideration and guidance through the grieving process, in their relationships, and through transitions from one caregiver to another. Because they may be non-verbal or lack the developmental ability and maturity to understand what is happening to them, let alone… Read more »

How CASA Helps Reunite Families

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For many parents whose children have been removed from the home, Child Protective Services (CPS) may seem like the “villain” who stole their children, rather than as a resource to help stabilize and preserve their family and to protect children from abuse and neglect. For case workers, attorneys, and judges, it’s often hard to see… Read more »

How One Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Made a Difference

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Success for a child in foster care may look a little different than what one might consider success for a typical child. Success for them is one more step toward overcoming abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Success might mean a year of school uninterrupted by a change in household. Success often means finding permanency, whether that… Read more »

Resolve to Make a Difference in 2015

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In 2015, resolve to make a difference. Children in your community need someone to walk with them through some of the most difficult times a child can face. After suffering abuse and neglect, children who are placed in foster care need a voice, an Advocate. Resolve to stand up for a child who needs you… Read more »