CASA of the Southern Tier, Inc.
The mission of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of the Southern Tier, Inc. is to recruit and train volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abuse and neglected children in Family Court proceedings. Our goal is for every child to be in a stable, safe, secure, and nurturing home. CASA is an unduplicated service program that defines its target population at those children (birth to age 21) who are a subject of abuse and neglect from their primary caregiver(s). These children are in foster care or at risk of foster care. A strong volunteer base is needed to maximize CASA's advocacy potential. CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to research a child's case, make written reports to the court, and monitor the child's case until it leaves the jurisdiction of the court. The CASA program has a collaborative relationship with the Department of Social Services (DSS), Family Court, Attorneys for the Child, parents, schools and local resources to address needs where appropriate and to ultimately help the child(ren) thrive.