Court Appointed Special Advocates of NYC (CASA-NYC)
Court Appointed Special Advocates of NYC (CASA-NYC) recruits New Yorkers from all walks of life to serve as volunteer Advocates for children and youth in foster care. Family Court Judges request these highly-trained volunteers’ assistance when concerned that a child is at risk of falling through the cracks of the child welfare system. MFF renewal funding will support the further development of CASA's Youth Leadership Council, which trains young people aging out of foster care to advocate for themselves and their peers, while also helping Council participants with their individual educational and employment needs.
“I know that without Susan, I wouldn’t be where I am, or who I am today. I am forever grateful and appreciative to have met someone like her. If the majority of CASA volunteers are like this woman that I was fortunate enough to have, then everyone in foster care deserves a CASA volunteer.”