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Norfolk CASA's mission is to support and promote court appointed volunteer advocacy so that every child can be safe from harm, establish permanency and have the opportunity to thrive.
Norfolk CASA volunteers advocate for abused and neglected children in the city of Norfolk. We are the child's voice in court, and a support for them during this most confusing and traumatic time. As the ‘eyes and ears of the judge,’ we investigate and report our findings to the court at each hearing. Advocating always for the best interest of the child, we stay by their side until they are in a safe and permanent placement.
Our Fall Training class starts on September 6, 2022! It is a great time to submit your application to join us as a trained advocate. Click here to learn more! Deadline to apply is Friday, August 19, 2022!
CHANGE A CHILD'S STORY.™
National CASA Evidence of Effectiveness A child with a CASA/GAL volunteer is more likely to find a safe, permanent home:
More likely to be adopted
Half as likely to re-enter foster care
Substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care
More likely to have a plan for permanency, especially children of color
Children with CASA volunteers get more help while in the system.
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To our community,
As 2021 continues to prove that humanity is both beautiful and fragile, we continue to pay close attention to the ever evolving COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of our volunteers, staff, and the children (and their families) we serve is our driving concern.
While COVID-19 has made it necessary for all of us to socially distance, an unintended consequence is separation from important social supports for vulnerable children and their families. The risk of child abuse and neglect in times of extreme stress and uncertainty is very high. With the added pressures of school and workplace closings, loss of income, unexpected need for childcare, and food insecurity, the family structure is under an unrivaled amount of pressure. We know that social supports are a protective factor for families who experience mental health and substance abuse challenges, are in domestic violence relationships, or have a history of abuse or neglect. Our community, our families, our children need us. All of us.
Now, over a year into the pandemic and vaccinations available across the nation, a new day appears to be dawning. With that we will begin voluntary outdoor, masked, and socially distanced visits with CASA kids and their caregivers starting May 1, 2021. However, we still strongly encourage virtual advocacy and support our 70+ Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers as they continue to find meaningful ways to stay connected to the children they are so dedicated to serve.
For 35 years, Norfolk’s Court Appointed Special Advocates have been by the side of thousands of children, lending them their shoulders to lean on and their voice in the courtrooms. This pandemic, this virus, cannot stop us from continuing our mission. Now, more than ever, we are committed to our CASA children’s best interest.
We appreciate your ongoing support of our mission and the children that we serve.
Until every home is a safe home, Roxie Roxie A. Hoven Executive Director