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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

 

In 2017 CPS workers found 3000 cases of probable abuse and neglect in the three counties we serve,

Child Protective Service investigates over 4500 reports of abuse and neglect in Albany County alone

The sheer number of cases overwhelms the Family Court System

One child suffering is too many

 

CASA Volunteers Help Children

Contact:  rvaughn@theccj.org for more information


Family Court Judges appoint Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to advocate for the best interests of children victimized by abuse and neglect. Family Court Judges need the information a CASA provides to determine what's in the best interests of the child.

Child Protective Services works with enormous caseloads that make it impossible to adequately investigate each case. CASA helps fill the need as our volunteer advocates visit with the child, observing the child and advocating for social services, mental health services, and educational services where appropriate.

Most importantly, volunteers work to find the best permanent solution for each child.

CASA volunteers are the child’s voice in the court and by speaking out CASA volunteers have helped thousands of children in the Capital Region live better lives.

 

Be their voice. Be their CASA.

All children deserve a safe and permanent home.


Calling all Singers ages 13-24 for the

2023 Raise Your Voice Competition

Now taking reservations for auditions on May 2 and May 3, 2023.  Contact Rhonda Vaughn to reserve your spot.

Email rvaughn@theccj.org or call 518-709-6288

2023 RAISE YOUR VOICE EVENT AT PROCTORS THEATER 

JUNE 29, 2023


 

2022 RAISE YOUR VOICE COMPETITION

@ GE Theatre at Proctors, Schenectady, NY

June 23, 2022

Congratulations to all the participants. You are truly all winners and talented 

SPECIAL THANK YOU FOR OUR JUDGES AND EMCEE!

 

-JUDGES (above, left to right): 

Joe Cannavo, Colleen Pratt, Todd Hanhurst

 

-EMCEE (above, right):

Kevin Richards 


 

And More News:

 

Roger Saillant recently sold his book "The Power of Being Seen" at a

CCJ Training session at Proctors Theater

 

CASA Event: Diamonds and Hearts

Angelo's 677 PrimeAlbany, NY  

 

Virtual and in-person gathering to recognize CASA efforts.  Also an opportunity to share best practices and training.  

 

Volunteer Swearing In 
April 2022 


TOYS FOR TOTS 

"We were blessed with the opportunity to foster a child who had a CASA volunteer. With the help of CASA of the Capital Region and Schenectady County Social workers we were able to adopt this child and raise her. Although the journey was long and sometimes scary, we would do it all again. We cannot imagine our lives without our daughter in it and our family would be incomplete. Thank you CASA of the Capital Region for helping make this happen!"

Be their voice. Be their CASA.

Studies have shown that children with CASA volunteers on their side do better at school, at home and later in life.

For three decades, CASA volunteers have helped children at risk of abuse and neglect grow up in a safe, loving and permanent home.

You can make a difference in a child’s life. 

Become a volunteer today!

CASA Volunteer Training

CASA volunteers complete a rigorous 30 hour training and 6 hour court room observations before they are assigned a case by a Family Court Judge

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