"Our Mission is to reach every child who needs a Court Appointed Special Advocate"
Letter From the Chairman
Daniel Babin, Board Chairman
Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) exists to advocate for children who are made wards of the court because of abuse or neglect—children like the one you just imagined. Michigan CASA is a network of and support to 27 regional CASA sites in the state. These sites recruit, screen, and train volunteer community members to speak for children’s best interest when their cases are heard in court. These committed volunteers befriend and stand by children during this most difficult time in their young lives.
Because these children need our help—and quickly—Michigan CASA board, staff and volunteers are working hard to strengthen this network and 2017 is a pivotal year for Michigan CASA. With our infrastructure now securely in place, we are organizationally focused on four primary goals:
1. Grow the total number of eligible Michigan children served by a CASA 2. Add value to the local programs by doing what they are unable to do for themselves 3. Increase diversity of children served, of our volunteers and our State Board members 4. Achieve financial sustainability
Our mission is to reach every child who needs a CASA. Although, statewide, we have matched volunteer advocates with over 600 children, there are more than 12,000 children still waiting.
You can help. Become a volunteer—as an advocate in your community, or a board or committee member of Michigan CASA or a regional affiliate. Become a donor - to Michigan CASA or to a regional affiliate program. Sponsor a child or a family of children. It costs just $1,300 per year per child to give this child a friend and a voice. If you don’t already have one, advocate with your local judiciary to establish a CASA program for children in your county.
Michigan CASA provides training, financial help, standards compliance, and solid strategic and operational support to the local affiliate programs. Its leadership is strong; its voice is strong. Its mission is crucial.
Join us and, together, let’s roll up our sleeves and build on Michigan CASA’s recent growth. Because it shouldn’t hurt to be a child.