CASA program is seeking African American volunteers

The CASA program (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is actively seeking African American volunteers.

CASA staffer Ava Adler said, "In Washtenaw County, approximately 250 children are removed from their homes every year due to alleged neglect and abuse on the part of their parents and 45-50 percent of these children are African American.

"Although we have a devoted volunteer pool, our demographics do not match this statistic. So, we are trying to recruit more volunteers of color as well as to train and maintain a pool of volunteers to help address the needs of all children in our community.

"CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for allegedly abused and neglected children, to make sure they don't get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system. They stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.

"For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives--the one adult who cares only for them," Adler said.

For more information, email Adler at:

Published: Thu, May 13, 2010