OUR STORY
​​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 or are at risk of being removed from their homes due to allegations of 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.​ You can help bring a CASA to each child in foster care.
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Your contribution helps Onondaga CASA fufill our mission to advocate for the best interests of children in placement, or at risk of placement, who are before the Court because of neglect or abuse.​​​​​​​

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CASA HISTORY
​​Court Apointed Special Advocates began in 1977, when a Seattle juvenile court judge was concerned about making drastic decisions with insufficient information conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom. ​

​Over the last four decades, the National CASA Association has grown to include 1,000 local problems in 49 different states. Each program works locally to become a voice for children.  

​New York State launched a CASA Program in 1991 and now there are local programs in over 30 of New York's 62 counties.