Child abuse crosses all boundaries of class, race, age and geography. It can occur anywhere, in any type of family, and in any type of home. The only common denominator is that the children and their families are in crisis.

For the past 23 years, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Allegheny County has been training and supervising community volunteers to advocate in the best interests of abused children, many of whom are unable to live safely in their homes. Appointed by a Children’s Court Judge, each CASA volunteer is assigned just one case at a time, providing the careful, individualized attention that every child deserves.

Children who have a CASA volunteer have an invaluable ally to stand by them, a strong advocate who will investigate every aspect of their individual history, collaborate with other system professionals, and present their findings and recommendations in all Court proceedings for as long as the case remains open.

Contributions to CASA directly support our advocacy — ensuring children are not idling in foster care and are instead traveling the most expedient route to a safe and permanent home.

CASA advocacy also addresses the healing that is so important to the children and families we serve. By supporting our trained volunteer advocates, your donation will help us fight for necessary counseling and therapeutic intervention, tutoring and educational mentoring, and proper nutrition and medical care.

CASA is a small, non-profit organization and we depend on community support to sustain our mission. Please consider making a donation of $100, enough money to support advocacy for one child for one month. Any amount will help. Or consider becoming a CASA volunteer. Together, we can help protect children in crisis, and protect their best foundation for the future: home.

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