Help Provide an Abused Child
with an Advocate
This year, more than 500 abused, neglected or abandoned children will need a
special advocate appointed by the court.
Court Appointed Special Advocates,
Children's Intervention Services of
Prince William, Fauquier, & Rappahannock, Virginia
Little voices cry out, who will help?
CHILD VICTIMS: ABUSED, NEGLECTED, ABANDONED
Every day children are being abused, neglected or abandoned by the people who are supposed to love, care for and protect them. Some of these children will find themselves in a courtroom, helpless victims whose futures are being decided by people they don't know and who don't know them. CASA Children's Intervention Services has been serving the 31st Judicial District (Greater Prince William) since 1994 and the 20th Judicial District (Fauquier, Rappahannock, Loudoun) since 2012. CASA CIS advocates will be appointed to serve more than 500 of these child victims this year
WHAT IS CASA?
CASA CIS is a 501 C-3 Not-for-Profit organization funded by grants and donations. CASA was started by a judge in 1977 in Seattle. During his experience children were getting lost in the system and falling through the cracks. He felt that ordinary citizens could be enlisted to help keep the children safe, make sure that they get the services they need and do the necessary investigation and research to help insure the court would have as much information as possible from which to make the critical decisions about the child's future and that the child thereby would have greater opportunity for a safe, nurturing home. There are now more than 900 programs in the United States and nearly 30 in Virginia
HOW DOES CASA HELP?
Specially trained volunteers from the community are sworn in by the Court and become Advocates. They provide an “extra” set of eyes and ears to help insure that the child remains safe, receives all they need to help them overcome their trauma, has the hope of a better future in a safe, nurturing and permanent home as quickly as possible. The advocate is a sworn friend of the Court and reports directly to the Judge. CASA trains caring people from our community to help protect some of our most vulnerable citizens, our children. Training is offered three times a year
According to a 2007 audit by the US Department of Justice Office of the Inspector, CHILDREN WITH A CASA:
Receive more services to help them become physically, mentally and emotionally healthy; better able to overcome the long term effects of abuse than those without a CASA
Are less likely to return to the system having been re-abused
Are likely to spend less time in foster care
Are more likely to be adopted if they are unable to return home
COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES, CHILDREN'S INTERVENTION SERVICES
CASA CIS was formerly known as Greater Prince William CASA and trained its first class of volunteers in 1994. CASA CIS serves the children of the 31st Judicial District which includes Manassas City, Manassas Park, and Prince William County and as of 2012 the children of the 20th Judicial District which includes Fauquier, Rappahannock and Loudoun. CASA CIS is the second largest CASA program in Virginia serving more than 500 abused children through more than 120 volunteer advocates