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Title: Lighting the Way: Volunteer Child Advocates Speak Out
Corporate Author: Child Welfare League of America, Inc.
United States of America
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 102
Sponsoring Agency: Child Welfare League of America, Inc.
Arlington, VA 22202-4801
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Contract Number: 97-CH-VX-K001
Publication Number: ISBN 0-07868-836-6
Sale Source: Child Welfare League of America, Inc.
2345 Crystal Drive
Suite 250
Arlington, VA 22202-4801
United States of America
Type: Case Study
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book presented the personal stories of 15 volunteer child advocates throughout the United States under the Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASA) and their commitment in becoming engaged participants in the futures of children.
Abstract: The Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASA) was started 25 years ago in Seattle, Washington to provide judges with more information about the children whose future has been placed in their hands to make the best decision for the child. CASA trains people from all walks of life to become advocates for kids, learn all they can about a child, and report essential information back to the judge on the child’s needs in a nonjudgmental way. CASA volunteers are assigned to know a child, one child at a time, and understand the boundaries of his/her life. Current CASA programs stretch across the United States. This book presented 15 personal stories of individuals, from California to New Hampshire and from Ohio to Florida, who chose to become volunteer child advocates. These volunteers’ shared goal is to help abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes and a chance for a future filled with hope.
Main Term(s): Youth advocates
Index Term(s): Adolescent victims; Alternative court procedures; Child abuse and neglect hearings; Child victims; Children at risk; Court reform; Court-sponsored victim services; Family courts
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