What is a CASA?

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All children have a right to a home with loving parents to care for them. Each year in Wayne County, hundreds of children are abused, neglected or abandoned by their families. Many of these children are removed from their homes and placed in foster care or institutions. Eventually they end up in court. Their only "crime" is that they have been victims.

It is up to a jurist to decide their future. Should they remain in foster care? Be reunited with parents? Be placed with relatives? Be adopted? Etc...

In these cases, many children become victims a second time-languishing in an overburdened child welfare system. Despite the best efforts of the system many children can spend their childhood moving from one temporary shelter to another. CASA volunteers are Court Appointed Special Advocates for children-trained community volunteers appointed by jurists to advocate for abused and neglected children in court proceedings.