CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates
What is CASA?
In 1989, Kappa Alpha Theta selected the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association as the Fraternity’s national philanthropy. This program provides trained community volunteers appointed by a judge to speak up for abused and neglected children in court. With the information provided by CASA volunteers, judges are able to make informed decisions as to what is best for the child in a timely manner, whether it be foster care, reunification, or adoption. CASA programs can help a displaced child find the security he or she needs to grow and reach full potential. Studies show that:
- Abused and neglected children who have CASA volunteers have a better chance of living in safe, permanent and loving homes than children who do not have volunteers.
- CASA involvement often reduces the number of times a child is moved from foster home to foster home. CASA cases are more likely to be reviewed on a regular basis by the court..
- A child with a CASA volunteer is more likely to receive treatment through community services. CASA programs save tax dollars. The association (CASA) has member affiliates in more than 530 communities and over 30,000 volunteers assisting 100,000 children in all 50 states. CASA has been endorses by the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and by the American Bar Association.
How does the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation support CASA?
The Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation gives an annual grant to the National Association to support their toll free phone number, educational materials and displays for volunteers, and the Kappa Alpha Theta Program Director of the Year. Dollars contributed by generous individuals and chapters/clubs to the annual fund drive conducted by the Foundation go to support the grant to CASA as well as the educational grant to the Fraternity.
How can I get involved with CASA?
College and alumnae chapters/clubs help by raising money for CASA programs, providing office support, making toys or items for CASA children, hostessing events for CASA children or by becoming CASA volunteers themselves. Contact the National CASA Association at 1-800-628-3233 or Kappa Alpha Theta Headquarters at 1-800-526-1870 to find out the name and address of the CASA program closest to you. CASA programs can be found in all 50 states. CASA programs are known locally as Guardian ad Litem, Child Advocates, Prokids, FOCAS and Voices for Children.
Visit CASA’s website at www.nationalcasa.org.
How does Beta Rho chapter support CASA?
Kappa Alpha Theta at Duke supports CASA through a number of philanthropy projects, the biggest events are our Rock the CASA concert in the fall and KAT at Bat Wiffle Ball Tournament in the spring.