Because every child
CASA-NYC provides one-on-one advocacy for children and youth in foster care. Launched in 1979, our primary mission is to protect the needs and well-being of this most vulnerable population, seeking appropriate treatment intervention and timely case resolution. CASA originally worked out of a single room in the Manhattan Family Courthouse. We have since expanded our offices to Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, and currently serve all five boroughs.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, an idea born in 1977 when a Seattle Family Court Judge realized he lacked sufficient information to make sound judgments during foster care proceedings. Case-workers were overburdened with a large number of cases, and sometimes vital information was missing or inaccessible. This delayed the court proceedings and impaired sound judicial decision making for months; meanwhile children would wait for years for a permanent home.
All children deserve to grow up in safe, permanent homes where they can thrive. CASA plays a vital role in making this happen. Our staff recruit and train volunteer advocates to provide individualized attention to each child in need. Most important, CASA gives voice to the child in court.
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CASA NYC in Child Welfare Watch
CASA NYC in New York Nonprofit Press
CASA NYC on PressConnects.com
CASA NYC Executive Director Peggy Grauwiler’s Letter to the Editor in the New York Times