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What is a CASA?

Court Appointed Special Advocates® (CASAs) are community volunteers, just like you, who speak up for abused and/or neglected children.

Our CASA program belongs to a network of nearly 950 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and/or neglected children in courtrooms and communities.

  • Children in Foster Care In Washoe County
    Children in Foster Care In Washoe County


  • Children with a CASA
    Children with a CASA


  • Current CASA Advocates
    Current CASA Advocates


  • You can be the ONE we need!
    You can be the ONE we need!


News & Notes

2021 Akerman Academic Excellence Scholarship Application

2021 Akerman Academic Excellence Scholarship Application

Akerman LLP and National CASA/GAL are excited to announce the upcoming launch of the 2021 Akerman Academic Excellence Scholarship Award. The application period is scheduled to open in early March.   
As part of Akerman's $1 million commitment to National CASA/GAL, which was fulfilled in 2019, an endowment fund was created to support the Akerman Academic Excellence Scholarship. The program is designed to help young adults who have spent time in foster care pursue a post-secondary education through an accredited institution of higher learning such as a university, career college or technical school. Six incredible young people have benefited so far from this scholarship.
A scholarship for $2,500 will be awarded to an outstanding young person who has demonstrated a commitment to academic achievement. Scholarship funds will be directed to the academic institution or other professional entity on behalf of the scholarship recipient and can be used to pay for tuition, rent, books, meal plans, transportation or other related expenses. Recipients remaining in good academic standing may be eligible to receive the scholarship for up to four years.
The scholarship is available to youth who have graduated or are scheduled to graduate from an accredited school system this spring, 2021. Those who have received or are scheduled to receive their GED are also eligible. The recipient may be a current full-time student or applying to be a full-time student at an accredited institution of higher learning.
Applicants must be identified and nominated by their CASA/GAL program through a volunteer advocate or other program representative. Interested programs are encouraged to begin identifying eligible youth. National CASA/GAL will send more information in the upcoming weeks. Questions? Contact us at