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Advocates for Children provides volunteer advocates who are appointed by the Judge to represent the best interest of abused and neglected children in order to ensure that every child has the opportunity to thrive in a safe, loving, and permanent home and to grow up in a ‘forever family’.  This will enable these children to grow into emotionally and physically healthy adults, who can then develop into productive members of our community. 
 
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers help to break the cycles of violence and poverty that can plague these families.  Having a CASA volunteer can make the difference between a child dropping out or completing school, between homelessness or a safe place to live, between unemployment or success, or between going to jail or being a productive member of society. 
 
Advocates for Children believes that every child has a right to grow up in a family, and the primary focus of the program is to ensure that every child has that opportunity to thrive.  Without the involvement of a CASA volunteer, research has shown that children are more likely to languish in foster care or in a group home.  National research shows that children who have been assigned a CASA volunteer tend to spend less time within the foster care system than those who do not have an advocate.  Judges have observed that children assigned advocates also have better chances of finding permanent homes than children without advocates.


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