Court Appointed Special Advocate of Davidson County,TN
All children have a right to a home with loving people to care for them. But each year in the United States, thousands of children are abused, neglected, or abandoned by their families.
It is up to a judge to decide their future. Should they remain in foster care? Be reunited with parents? Or be adopted? In these cases, many children also become victims a second time - lost in an overburdened child welfare system that cannot pay close attention to each child whose life is in its hands.
That's where CASA comes in. CASA volunteers are Court Appointed Special Advocates for children; they are trained community volunteers appointed by a judge to speak up for abused and neglected children in court.
Volunteers have three key responsibilities. Focusing on the child's best interests, every volunteer serves as a fact finder, an informed voice in court, and a watchdog during the life of the case. The advocate's in-depth knowledge of the case provides the judge with the necessary information to find that child a safe, stable, permanent home.