Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at CASA CIS
All young people, regardless of what they look like, which religion they follow, who they love, or the gender they identify with, deserve the chance to dream and grow in a loving, permanent home.
To strengthen our legacy of quality advocacy, we acknowledge the need to understand, respect, and celebrate diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender/gender identification, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and the presence of sensory, mental, or physical disability. We also value diversity of viewpoints, life experiences, talents and ideas. We advocate for children knowing every child deserves a safe, stable, and loving home. As an organization, we believe that family preservation, whenever safe, is in a child’s best interest. We practice cultural humility by collaborating with our children and families as experts in their own lives. We recognize institutional discrimination, bias, and oppression adversely affect our children and families as they navigate the child welfare system. We commit to challenging our own implicit biases and work toward building a diverse and inclusive CASA community, as we continue to learn and grow alongside our children and families.
We value and celebrate the diversity of our volunteers and recognize the need for our volunteers to be sensitive to the differences among the children we serve. Our volunteers will sensitively communicate with the child and his or her family and, in turn, appropriately communicate the child’s needs to the court, in each case considering diversity, equity and inclusion. Volunteer service will be accessible to all individuals regardless of gender identity, age (must be 21 or over), ethnicity, socio-economic situation, or disability.