All children have a right to a home with loving people to care for them. But each year in the United States, more than three million children are reported abused or neglected millions of children are abused, neglected, or abandoned by their families. Nearly half a million of them are removed from their homes and placed in foster care or institutions. Eventually, they end up as "Wards of the Court" and a Judge must decide their future. A child's future can easily get lost in an overburdened system.
Tragic stories of abuse and neglect make the headlines and statistics of brutalized children are often quoted in the media. Concerned citizens shake their heads and ask, "Why doesn't someone do something?" That's where you step in and help by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer speaking up in court for the best interest of the child.
This isn't an issue in a far-off location. It is happening in the State of Arizona, the County of Cochise and in the town where you live.
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.