Voices for CASA Children, which is dedicated to serving foster children and the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA Volunteers) who support them, is celebrating its five-year anniversary as a nonprofit organization in Maricopa County. Since September 2011, Voices for CASA Children (VOICES) has worked closely with CASA of Arizona and CASA of Maricopa County to recruit, train, and retain hundreds of CASA volunteers.
The CASA program in Arizona has resulted in advocacy that has positively impacted the lives of thousands of children in state dependency.
“The level of support surrounding VOICES is proof that a passionate, committed community can make a substantive difference,” said Victoria Strayer, board president for Voices for CASA Children. “It does take a village, and we would not be here today without the help we’ve received from so many, including the caring individuals, businesses, and the dedicated CASA volunteers and staff.”
“CASA” stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens who are trained and certified by the Arizona Juvenile Court to serve as the eyes and ears of a judge. These caring and dedicated advocates speak up for vulnerable children in the child welfare system to ensure they have a safe and permanent home.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a CASA volunteer, VOICES will host its next information session on Oct. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.
You can’t change a child’s past, but you can change their future. Just as each CASA volunteer is a constant for their CASA child, VOICES will be there to support advocates in their journey. Along with its CASA and child welfare partners, VOICES invites the community to join this important work to ensure even more children have a permanent, safe and loving home.