CASA of Hampden County

Since 1977, Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) have been speaking up for kids who can’t. CASA of Hampden County advocates for local children being placed in foster care or searching for permanent homes.

We Give Kids a Voice In The Courtroom

Thousands of abused and neglected children end up in the court system without a caring adult by their side.

Appointed by judges, CASA volunteers advocate for children who’ve been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment.

CASA of Hampden County, founded by Judge Rebekah Crampton-Kamukala in 1989, protects vulnerable children like these throughout Springfield and Holyoke.

CASAs share critical information with judges that they may not otherwise see such as educational, medical, and therapy records. They meet with other adults involved in the case and make recommendations that protect the child’s mental and physical well-being.

In many cases, a CASA is the only consistent adult presence in a foster child’s life.

CASA-supported kids are more likely to find a safe, permanent home and succeed in school. They’re also half as likely to re-enter the foster care system.

The courtroom can be a scary, confusing place for a child. We’re working to make it a place of healing and new beginnings. CHD relies on donations to provide these vital services. Thank you for supporting child advocacy in Western Massachusetts.

CASA of Hampden County

Please see the contact information below to learn more about CASA.

Volunteer Information Sessions

Interested in volunteering to help a child?

Information sessions for the 2022 Spring Pre-Service have ended. Look here for dates for the 2022 Fall Pre-Service later this summer. Before then, please email Advocate Supervisor Lindsay Osborn at [email protected] with any questions you might have.

Join a dedicated group of volunteers on behalf of kids in need!

Get Involved

Volunteer to be an Advocate for CASA of Hampden County

CASA volunteers are assigned to a child by a judge at Springfield or Holyoke Juvenile Courts. CASA volunteers conduct thorough research into the background of the case, review documents and interview everyone involved, including the child as appropriate. They submit written reports to the court, recommending what they believe is best for the child, providing the judge with the information to make an informed decision.

Donate to CASA of Hampden Country

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Hampden County trains community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system. Your donations are tax deductible and will be used for recruitment of new volunteers and emergency support to the children we work with.

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