There are over 408,000 children in the foster care system to date in our country. There are 16.4 million children who live in poverty today. The numbers are astonishing and the ones at risk are the children. What we learn is that when poverty and suffering increase, so does child abuse. In Wyoming in 2010 alone, 541 children were victims to child abuse and neglect (neglect, physical and/or sexual abuse) by their caretakers.
The time is now to make a difference in the lives of our children. CASA makes a difference in the lives of our children. YOU can make a difference by becoming a CASA advocate.
CASA advocates are volunteers in our community who have decided that they cannot sit silent while our children drift through the court process with little or no support while many languish in the foster system simultaneously. CASA advocates speak for the best interests of the child in order to find them a safe permanent home as quickly as possible.
The vision of CASA has been to assure that every child who is removed from their home and placed into state custody due to abuse and/or neglect can be assigned a CASA advocate who will foster and provide stability to them and be their voice and express their best, most appropriate needs. CASA will continue to provide effective advocacy by fostering a diverse and culturally-competent team who collaborates within the organization and partner agencies in the community to provide high-quality services that can adjust to and meet the needs of the children we serve.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Natrona County is a caring non-profit organization that speaks for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the juvenile court system. CASA recruits, trains and supports volunteers drawn from a diverse population to provide this service.