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What is 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 care in Washoe County on an average day 2020
    Children in care in Washoe County on an average day 2020

    730

  • Children served by CASA volunteers in 2020
    Children served by CASA volunteers in 2020

    137

  • Estimated volunteer hours in 2020 (in-kind value over $50K)
    Estimated volunteer hours in 2020 (in-kind value over $50K)

    2040

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

    1

News & Notes

CASA/GAL Volunteer’s Day

CASA/GAL Volunteer’s Day

To acknowledge the commitment, time, and compassion of CASA/GAL volunteers, the National CASA/GAL Association for Children partnered with FosterStrong to host the first-ever, CASA/GAL Volunteer’s Day on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. FosterStrong is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the negative narrative surrounding foster care.

CASA/GAL Volunteer’s Day provides an opportunity to honor and thank CASA/GAL volunteers who work hard to ensure children and youth in the foster care system have their voices heard every day. On this day, National CASA/GAL’s network of 948 state organizations and local programs will be encouraged to recognize their volunteers through various social media channels to show their appreciation.

CASA/GAL Volunteer’s Day also gives people nationwide the chance to better understand the critical role a CASA/GAL volunteer plays in the lives of young people, and inspire others to contribute their time to support children who may be in/or at-risk of child welfare involvement. To acknowledge the dedication and resilience of CASA/GAL volunteers, National CASA/GAL and FosterStrong worked with members of Congress to recognize CASA/GAL Volunteer’s Day on the morning of May 18, 2021, which was followed by a culminating virtual celebration for all CASA/GAL volunteers at 7 p.m. ET.