Court Appointed Special Advocates of Hampden County trains community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children involved with the Juvenile Courts through no fault of their own. CASA’s are appointed by a Judge to step in and advocate within the courtroom and within the community for the best interest of a child. By researching that child’s case, communicating with all family members and providers involved with the child and being a consistent presence in the child’s life a CASA Volunteer keep this child’s needs and well being the priority of the case.
“CASA has made a big difference in the years since it was founded in Hampden County. The unique part of the program is that the volunteer is there to only speak for the child in the court system. Other parties may be making decisions about the child’s future, but they may not be listening to what the children themselves have to say. There are already a number of people from the legal system involved in the child’s case. Having a CASA volunteer who comes from outside this system offers an alternative view that is very valuable in making my decisions. A CASA volunteer can also find gaps in the services that are being provided. Sometimes an agency by itself cannot see if it is providing all the services each child needs. The CASA volunteer is another set of eyes and ears to advocate that every child receives the most appropriate services we can give them.”
-Judge Rebekah Crampton-Kamukala
Founder of CASA of Hampden County
CASA is located in the CHD Children’s Programs’ offices at:
246 Park St.
West Springfield, MA, 01089
Program Director: Jim Williams
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