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About Us

For 30 years, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) has provided a voice for children in foster care in Ulster County who have been abused and neglected and has helped give them a sense of hope. Our advocate volunteers, working with only one family at a time are a strong voice in Family Court, ensuring that these children are no longer victimized, that their time in foster care is temporary.

Former foster child Alonzo credits his CASA volunteer with helping him move beyond his troubled past by sticking with him as he bounced from one foster home to another. “When you’re in these foster homes, you get lost,” Alonzo says. “I am glad I met my CASA, because I don’t have to live that life. A lot of people live that life because they have to. I don’t have to because I have options. I have a CASA.”

Or, as a foster child named Natalie puts it, “I live in a group home, and sometimes I have emotional breakdowns. In these dark moments, Michael, my CASA volunteer, helps me see there are a ton of people who care for and support me. I don’t get many visits here because my parents don’t have custody of me. Having him there just to talk keeps me from crashing to that low point.”

A Family Court judge appoints a CASA volunteer to represent a local foster child, and the volunteer spends time getting to know the child and researching his or her history and current living situation in order to advocate for the child’s best interests in court. The CASA volunteer’s central mission is to ensure that the child is placed in a permanent home – either his or her own or an adoptive one – as quickly as possible. In the meantime, the CASA volunteer works to make sure that the child’s educational, medical, and emotional needs are being met.
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