CASA of Yuma County
Our Mission The National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, together with its state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and have the opportunity to thrive. Arizona Vision Change the world…Invest in the future…Bring the gift of hope to all abused and neglected children—one child at a time. CASA of Yuma County and its advocates have been speaking up for abused and neglected children locally for over 26 years. Currently there are 52 advocates serving 95 children, leaving about 70% of the children in the foster care system in Yuma County without a constant, caring adult to be their voice. CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to advocate for these children, look out for their best interest, monitor their progress and address their needs. Volunteers then present their written recommendations to the court, ensuring that each and every child can live in a safe, permanent home. CASA Volunteer Requirements • Must be at least 21 years old. • Complete an application and interview. • Successfully pass background check and polygraph examination. • Complete 30 hours of pre-service training and 12 hours of annual in-service training. • Dedicate approximately 15 – 20 hours a month to change a child’s life. Why Volunteer? Children with a CASA volunteer assigned to their case are: • More Likely to receive services and resources. • More likely to succeed in school. • Twice as likely to find a safe, permanent home. • Half as likely to re-enter the foster care system. Change A Child’s Story! Volunteer Today. CASA of Yuma County 2440 W. 28th Street Yuma, AZ 85364 928-314-1830 www.CASAofYumaCounty.org Find us on Facebook!