How CASA Volunteers are Academic Advocates
A child in Ohio was removed from their home, and was having trouble in school as a result of trauma and developmental delays. Terri, a CASA Volunteer from Montgomery County was appointed to the case and fought for a revised IEP and additional professional services. That child is now healing and thriving in a therapeutic environment.
Across our state, children are heading back to school and 70% of children in our foster care system are school-age. Nationwide, 65% of children placed in care have more than one placement, meaning children not only move homes often, but also schools; both placing a detriment and additional stress on youth when they should be focused on school and enjoying their childhood.
CASA Volunteers like Cindy from our Delaware and Union County Program do more than just advocate for children’s safety. Last year, not only did Cindy help the teen on her case graduate high school on time, she also helped her navigate the process of enrolling for college.
Anyone can become a CASA Volunteer; we provide the training and necessary education to prepare all community members to represent children impacted by foster care in the juvenile court system. We prepare new volunteers on navigating the school system and understanding IEPs, how to interview teachers and other professionals and important people in the child’s life, and how to advocate for children with unique developmental and special needs.
Children who have early placement stability have been shown to have less absenteeism in school than other children in foster care, which is one of the many ways CASA Volunteers can advocate for children. Every child deserves quality education, and a safe, permanent, and loving home. If you agree and are interested in becoming more involved with CASA, let us know!