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.
Would you like to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate and make a difference in the life of a child? The first step in joining CASA’s Fall, Pre-Service Training begins by attending an Information Session. Please register for one of the dates below and add it to your calendar. We’ll send you a reminder closer to the date, but if you have questions before then, please email Advocate Supervisor Lindsay Osborn at [email protected].
“I look forward to the opportunity to serve our community as an advocate for children. I have children myself, and the thought of not having a stable environment for them to grow up in is heartbreaking, so that’s why I got involved in this program.”
– Sara Tung, pictured with First Justice David Paradis