Mission Statement: Advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Richland County Family Court by providing quality volunteer and legal representation to ensure each child a safe, permanent, nurturing home.
Richland County CASA's Diversity Statement
As the organization that advocates for any child referred by the Family Court in Richland County, South Carolina, Richland County CASA is committed to understanding and honoring the diversity of the families from which they come. Here, while racial and ethnic differencs may be most evident, we also recognize diversity in socioeconomic status, cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, religion, physical and mental ability, and viewpoints.
“CASA VOLUNTEERS DO NOT SIT AND WATCH CHILDREN SUFFER – THEY BECOME PART OF THE SOLUTION.”
– Pamela Robinson, Director Pro Bono Program – USC School of Law, CASA Volunteer
Every year, more than three million children nationally are reported abused or neglected. Despite the states’ attempts to help, many of these kids become trapped in the court and child welfare maze and can spend their childhood moving from one temporary shelter to another.
This is where you step in by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer.
As a CASA volunteer, you speak up for the best interests of a child in court.
CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to recommend the best possible outcome for an abused or neglected child’s future. Whether this means helping to make a connection with adoptive parents or safely reuniting the child with parents or relatives, the ultimate goal of the CASA volunteer is to help ensure that every one of these kids can live in a safe, permanent home.
You don’t have to be a lawyer or social worker to be a volunteer. We’re simply looking for people with a desire to help abused children. As a CASA volunteer, you’ll receive training from professionals in the legal and welfare fields, and you’ll have the complete support of your CASA organization to help you through each case.
CASA volunteers review records, research information and talk to everyone involved — social workers, attorneys, judges, parents, teachers, family members and, of course, the children themselves.