Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

WISH LIST: $100: 3 training manuals for new volunteers; $500: 20 gift cards for children during the holiday season; $1200: comprehensive advocacy services for 1 child for 1 year

Abused and neglected children in the court system deserve an advocate: not a mentor or pal, but a highly trained adult who understands what is in a child’s best interests, and sees that the system meets his or her needs.That is just what Fairfax CASA has done for 5,200 children over the past twenty-two years. When a child is abused and neglected, the judge assigns a CASA volunteer to provide consistent support, compassion, and a voice in court until the child finds a safe home in which to thrive. Empowered by a Court Order, the CASA volunteer completes an in-depth investigation of the case to give the court a clear picture of the child's needs and remains committed to the child until the case is closed. To ensure that each youngster receives the best advocate possible, Fairfax CASA conducts intensive recruiting and training of volunteers, complemented by ongoing guidance and support. For many children, their CASA volunteer is the person they count on to give them voice and return them to life.