Tennessee CASA has launched a special volunteer recruitment campaign to raise awareness of the need for volunteers in our area to help vulnerable children to find a safe permanent home. It is estimated 20,000 children across the state could use a CASA volunteer – many of those children here locally. CASA of the Tennessee Heartland has children waiting for a CASA in all the counties that we serve: Anderson, Blount, and Scott.
We are asking people of our community to stand up and be for the child by signing up as a CASA Volunteer to help the children and set the stage for a better tomorrow. The website is BeForTheChild.org.
Below are some FAQs about CASA that can be found at www.beforthechild.org! We encourage everyone to visit this site and encourage friends and family to as well. We look forward to hearing from you!
What is the need and how do I fit in?
- There are 20,000 children across Tennessee in need of a CASA Volunteer each year. Someone has to be for the child. Why not you?
What exactly is a CASA?
- Court Appointed Special Advocates are the voice of abused and neglected children in juvenile court. These volunteers represent the best interests of the victimized child with the goal of securing a safe, permanent home.
Why is CASA work so important?
- CASA Volunteers help children navigate the most stressful time of their lives. Preventing adverse childhood experiences directly improves the health outcomes and earnings potential when children grow up to be adults – so CASA Volunteers are uniquely positioned to make a lasting, positive impact on a child, changing the trajectory of the child’s life and benefiting the community as a whole.
What if I’ve never done anything similar before?
- No prior experience is expected or necessary to become a volunteer. All of the tools CASA Volunteers need to be successful advocates will be given to them through the CASA Volunteer Training Program.
How am I supported?
- Becoming a CASA Volunteer means entering into a community of knowledgeable and empowered volunteers who will support and encourage you at all times.
I’ve heard it is challenging, is this true?
- CASA Volunteering is different from any other volunteer opportunity. Every CASA case will be challenging, but you will be able to accomplish more than you ever thought possible in changing the course of a child’s life.
How is being a CASA different from other volunteer opportunities?
- As a CASA Volunteer, you will get to know the children with whom you work, their families and their stories, giving you the insight you need to give recommendations that are in the best interest of the child. Because of this, no other volunteer experience is as potentially life-changing for you and a child, than being a CASA Volunteer.
How can I take the next step?
- Go to BeForTheChild.org to learn more about the CASA Volunteer experience. Be for the child, and show Tennessee’s most vulnerable children you care by signing up to volunteer.