OUR STORY
There are over 400,000  children in foster care in the United States, 24,000 of them are in New York

In 2015, there were over 76,500 National CASA volunteers, over 700 from New York 

New York State CASA programs served 2,600 children in 2014 and closed over 800 cases

Onondaga CASA is one of nearly 1,000 CASA programs 
​Onondaga CASA was founded in 1997 in Syracuse, NY.  Program staff recruit, vet, and train community volunteers who are appointed by Onondaga County Family Court Judges. Volunteers provide a voice for abused and neglected children.  Volunteers stay with each child until it permenancy is achieved.

For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.  Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to re-enter care.

Onondaga CASA serves abused and neglected children in Onondaga County. Judges appoint CASA volunteers to represent the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. More than 300 children experience foster care in this county each year.  Because there are not enough CASA volunteers to represent all of the children in care,  CASA volunteers tend to be assigned to the most difficult cases.​