Since opening its doors in 1995, Piedmont CASA has trained 543 volunteers who have served 1,341 endangered children, promoting and supporting safe, permanent homes for these child victims. These volunteer advocates also recommend and monitor ongoing services to meet the physical and therapeutic needs of child victims of abuse and neglect.
During the 2012 fiscal year 116 CASA volunteers advocated for 213 children whose cases were before the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts of Charlottesville and Albemarle and Greene Counties due to abuse and neglect by their caregivers. CASA's citizen-volunteers complete 32 hours of training before being inducted by the Court and proceeding to advocate for the best interest of a child. No fees are charged for the services of Piedmont CASA, and no other program provides this service. CASA volunteers remain on a child's case for an average of 21 months.
The National CASA Association provides leadership to nearly 900 state and local program offices that champion the best interests of abused and neglected children. Across the country, nearly 60,000 highly trained CASA volunteers serve as powerful advocates for these children, one child at a time, within the child welfare system.