How We Help
Imagine you’re a child who has been removed from your home because your parents aren’t doing their job. You’ve been taken from the only people you’ve known for the first few years of your life and sent to live with strangers who you are told will care for you. You are facing a series of complex, confusing court proceedings where your future is decided by a judge based on information gathered by social workers and lawyers.
But who is looking out for you?
That’s where CASA comes in.
A CASA volunteer is appointed to advocate for the child’s best interests. The advocate become the “eyes and ears” of the court, making independent, objective recommendations to the judge based on the information they have gathered through meeting with the child and his or her parents, foster parents, social workers, school teachers, therapists and more.
CASA volunteer advocates are trained to help the child navigate this process efficiently so he or she may find stability in a safe, permanent, loving home as quickly as possible while enduring the least amount of trauma and upheaval.
Since 1989, CASA has recruited and trained volunteers to provide a comprehensive, unbiased picture of the child’s life for a judge. Through regular meetings with the child and the important people who interact with him or her, a CASA volunteer obtains vital information to help the judge make an informed decision.
CASA volunteer advocates carry only one or two cases at a time, which gives them the opportunity to really get to know the children they are working with and provide them the focused attention they need and deserve. Their dedicated, focused attention helps keep the child’s case on track in an overburdened child welfare system so that a permanent resolution may be achieved swiftly.
A CASA advocate is not a lawyer or a social worker. Rather he is a caring adult who becomes a consistent figure in the child’s life. She is someone the child can depend on to make sure their needs are not only being met, but are the top priority.
No Better Investment
Arthur BruinoogeCASA Board Member
I Spoke Up and the Judge Listened
Patrice BakerCASA Volunteer Advocate
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CASA advocates are ordinary people with an extraordinary desire to help New Hampshire’s abused and neglected children grow up in safe, loving homes. Our volunteers advocate for a child’s best interest so she may grow up in a safe, permanent, loving home.
Every child deserves a safe place to call home and a loving family to raise them. Your gift today will help CASA reach more of New Hampshire’s victimized children. Donate today a give an abused or neglected child a voice. You can help us reach every child.