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Onondaga CASA, A program of AccessCNY
Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASA is a program that provides volunteer advocates for children who have been abused or neglected. After being appointed by a family court judge, these specially trained volunteers work with the important figures in a child’s life- such as teachers, family members and mental health professionals- to advocate for the child’s best interests both in and out of the court room. For many children in the program, their CASA volunteer will be the only stable adult presence in their life. Our CASA programs also work with families - biological and foster/relative placements to connect with the community services necessary to improve their lives and circumstance. We also support families in obtaining benefits available to them from VOCA, and other needs through community collaborations such as meals through Food Bank collaborations, and personal hygiene totes, and other necessities.