About Us

About Us

We believe that every child deserves a safe and permanent home.

Our Mission
The mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates  (CASA) for children is to improve the lives of abused, abandoned and neglected children in Ulster County. Our professionally trained volunteers provide a strong voice in Family Court to ensure that these children are no longer victimized and their time in foster care is temporary.

Company Overview
Court Appointed Special Advocates, also known as CASA, was founded in 1987 by leaders in the community concerned by the growing problem of children languishing in foster care. Today, we recruit, train and supervise individuals who are appointed by Ulster County Family Court to advocate for these children.

General Information
CASA is a unique program that engages trained citizen volunteers in the lives of our community's most vulnerable children. Anyone with the time and commitment can become a CASA volunteer. Training based on a curriculum developed by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association is provided, and CASA staff offer ongoing support and supervision.

Working in partnership with Ulster County Family Court and service providers such as the Ulster County Department of Social Services, our volunteers are a constant, caring presence for children on their journey through foster care. They ensure that children receive the services they need to heal, that their voice is heard in court and that their time "in the system" is no longer than necessary.
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