“CASA VOLUNTEERS DO NOT SIT AND WATCH CHILDREN SUFFER – THEY BECOME PART OF
– Pamela Robinson, Director Pro Bono Program – USC School of Law, CASA Volunteer
Every year, more than three million children nationally are reported abused or neglected.
Despite the states’ attempts to help, many of these kids become trapped in the court and child welfare maze and
can spend their childhood moving from one temporary shelter to another.
This is where you step in by
becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer.
As a CASA volunteer, you speak up for the best interests of a child in court.
CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to recommend the best possible outcome for an abused or neglected child’s
future. Whether this means helping to make a connection with adoptive parents or safely reuniting the child with
parents or relatives, the ultimate goal of the CASA volunteer is to help ensure that every one of these kids can
live in a safe, permanent home.
You don’t have to be a lawyer or social worker to be a volunteer. We’re simply looking for people with a desire to
help abused children. As a CASA volunteer, you’ll receive training from professionals in the legal and welfare
fields, and you’ll have the complete support of your CASA organization to help you through each case.
CASA volunteers review records, research information and talk to everyone involved — social workers, attorneys,
judges, parents, teachers, family members and, of course, the children themselves.
“CASA EMPOWERS YOU TO CHANGE THE WORLD ONE LIFE AT A TIME.”
– Clente Flemming, President and CEO of SC Community Bank, CASA Volunteer
Volunteers then present their recommendation to the court as to what they feel is best for the child. Judges rely
heavily on this testimony to make an informed decision on the child’s future.
“CASA VOLUNTEERS HELP KIDS REGAIN HOPE WHEN THEY ARE IN DIFFICULT SITUATIONS. THE
KIDS REALIZE THEY ARE NOT ALONE AND THEY KNOW THAT SOMEONE IS THERE TO CARE JUST FOR THEM.”
– Michael Greene, Richland County Employee, CASA Volunteer
Become a CASA volunteer and be rewarded with some of the most powerful and fulfilling experiences you can find.
CASA is the only organization that empowers everyday citizens as appointed officers of the court. Your involvement
will make a direct impact on a child’s life and perhaps for generations to come.
|We welcome volunteers from all cultures, professions, ethnic and educational backgrounds.
You can stand up for abused children by making a donation. You will be supporting CASA volunteers in their
efforts to help some of our most vulnerable children. All donations are appreciated and help more abused
children find a caring CASA volunteer.
Richland County CASA's Diversity Statement
As the organization that advocates for any child referred by the Family Court in Richland County, South Carolina,
Richland County CASA is committed to understanding and honoring the diversity of the families from which they come.
Here, while racial and ethnic differences may be most evident, we also recognize diversity in socioeconomic status,
cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, religion, physical and mental ability, and viewpoints.