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Richmond CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

Program Description

Richmond CASA recruits, trains, and supervises competent and dedicated volunteers who advocate for the needs of abused, neglected, and at-risk children in juvenile dependency proceedings. By advocating for children in court cases, CASA volunteers promote safe, permanent homes for all children and seek to educate the community about the needs of abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers complete 35 hours of intensive training, are sworn in by the Chief Judge as Officers of the Court, and are appointed to cases. Volunteers gather information on each child’s situation so they can determine the needs of the individual child. They submit reports to the court, providing valuable insight into the child’s life and assisting the court in making informed decisions regarding the child’s future. 

Classification

Location

Primary Population Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Success Stories

During the fiscal year 2016-2017, CASA volunteers:Provided advocacy for 217 children to be placed in safe, permanent homes.The Court accepted an estimated 97% of Richmond CASA recommendations into court orders.100% were placed in homes with the least restrictive environment for their needs.Provided 7,009 hours of service for a total contribution of $182,864 in in-kind contribution. SCAN’s strong leadership is also demonstrated in the successful merger of Richmond CASA with SCAN in 2009. Since the merger, SCAN has been able to educate other leaders in the community about the merger process.