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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a program of trained, dedicated volunteers assigned by Family Court judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers are an independent voice. Their mission is to make sure that the child’s needs are met and that they don’t fall through the cracks.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a national program of trained, dedicated volunteers assigned by Family Court Judges to advocate for abused and neglected children. MHAWNY is home to CASA of Erie County, which recruits, trains and supports local CASA volunteers.

CASA volunteers are an independent voice. Their mission is to make sure that the child’s needs are met and that they don’t fall through the cracks. CASA volunteers in Erie County act as an extra set of eyes and ears for the Judges by visiting the children monthly, speaking to caregivers, teachers and medical and mental health providers, and then providing that information to the Erie County Family Court Judges.

CASA volunteers come from all walks of life. They are ordinary citizens with an extraordinary commitment to helping children reach their full potential in a permanent, safe home.

CASA believes every child deserves to have the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential.

Currently, there are over 100 children in CASA of Erie County system waiting for someone to advocate for them.  Learn how you can take the first step in changing a child’s story for children involved in Erie County Family Court by becoming a CASA volunteer.

Learn more about CASA
Download Volunteer Job Description PDF
Complete Volunteer Application

For more information on becoming a CASA volunteer in Erie County, contact Jodi Johnson at johnson@mhawny.org or call 716-886-1242 x 318.

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