The Washoe CASA Foundation Fund is a designated charitable fund to support the activities of the Washoe CASA Foundation. Gifts to the fund will be used for:
- recruitment efforts for CASA volunteers in Washoe County
- Washoe CASA Program of the Second Judicial Court ‘s needs for training and retention of CASA volunteers.
- expenses directly related to the needs, care, and assistance of the children for whom the Second Judicial District Court has appointed a CASA
Learn more about the Washoe CASA Foundation, the important connection a CASA can be to a child in the court system, and how you can be involved at washoecasafoundation.com
What is CASA? Court Appointed Special Advocates.
Each day in Washoe County, children are abused or neglected in tragic ways that are often not visible to the public. Sometimes abuse or neglect comes at the hands of parents or guardians, causing law enforcement or social services to remove these children from their home and place them into foster care, often with caregivers they have never met. Each year more than 600,000 children experience foster care in this country. These children are often removed from everything familiar and find themselves in a world filled with social workers, lawyers, and judges making life-altering decisions on their behalf.
Today there are 949 state and local CASA organizations that recruit, train, and support CASA volunteers to serve as a voice for abused and neglected children. CASAs—empowered directly by the courts—offer judges critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care. Volunteers stay with children until they are placed in loving permanent homes.