Over 150 children in Nelson County need someone to be their voice.
What is CASA?
CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates) are trained community volunteers appointed by judges to provide information and make recommendations to the court about what is in the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse. CASAs are objective community volunteers, who are not part of the child welfare system, who focus their efforts solely on providing a voice for the child and making recommendations in regards to services, placement, visitation, reunification, and permanency.
Be For The Child
“There is no greater feeling than knowing that you have changed the life of a child for the better. You will make a positive difference.”
-Shearon DeFerraro, NELCASA Volunteer
“I saw how many children in our community needed help and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I decided I wanted to do something.”
-Brian Wright, NELCASA Volunteer
“I’ve been doing this a long time now and I still think what we do is so important as volunteers. We have the opportunity to change someone’s life.”
-Sandy Akin, NELCASA Volunteer
We Need Volunteers
CASA volunteers are ordinary people who are caring, honest, and committed to doing what is best for a child. No special experience or knowledge is required. All volunteers are trained to understand courtroom procedure, social services, the basics of the juvenile justice system, and the special needs of children who have been abused and neglected.
No prior experience is expected or necessary to become a volunteer. All of the tools one needs to be a successful advocate will be given to them through the CASA volunteer training program.