All children have the right to a home with loving parents to care for them. However, in the United States, over 800,000 children find themselves in court through no fault of their own. Some children are victims of abuse and violence. Some children have been neglected or abandoned. What happens to these children?
North Idaho CASA was founded in 1991 to help children such as these. The mission of North Idaho CASA is to recruit, train, and supervise volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates for children who fall under the jurisdiction of the Child Protection Act of the State of Idaho.
In 2015, over 353 children in the five northern counties of Idaho were served by 103 citizen CASA volunteers. The heart of CASA is our volunteer-powered network of committed people--from all walks of life--who believe society has a fundamental obligation to our children, all of our children. We are people just like you who believe that every child has the right to be treated with dignity, to be safe, and to thrive in the embrace of a loving family.
So far in 2016, we have seen an increase of over 32% in shelter cases over this time last year. At this rate we could see over 500 children pass through our program this year.