Our mission is to promote the best interests of the abused and neglected children we serve by advocating for safe, timely, and permanent placements for these – the most helpless of victims.
Colonial Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) believes that all children deserve to live in safe and permanent homes. CASA, by way of carefully recruited, trained, and supervised volunteers, provides advocacy services to abused and neglected children in court and in the community to ensure their safe future.
CASA leverages volunteers and their individual strengths, histories, and gifts in pursuit of its mission. Colonial CASA advocates are carefully chosen, trained and supported by professional staff to effect positive change in the lives of the community’s smallest victims – children of abuse and neglect. All children deserve to live in a safe and permanent home. All children deserve to be protected and nurtured by the adults in their lives. Unfortunately, some children, historically over 150 children per year in our community alone, are found in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court due to findings of abuse or neglect.
It is here that our advocates shine brightly in the dark worlds of these children. Each advocate works with only one or two children or family groups. The advocate researches all areas of the child's life, consults with all professionals involved, and then provides an in-depth report, including recommendations concerning the child's future, to the court. The advocate "speaks" for the child.
Colonial CASA’s goal remains: Safety and permanence for all children. We continue to partner with agencies and individuals in the Historic Triangle to achieve this community vision.
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