You are their source.
we know that abused and neglected foster children will thrive, given the chance.
Our mission is to give them the chance they need.
Day in and day out we dedicate ourselves to helping abused and neglected foster children be seen and be heard. Our mission is to recruit, train, and support community volunteers to serve as the voice of abused and neglected children in the Luzerne County court system so that these children will be safe, secure, and given the opportunity to thrive.
CASA of Luzerne County is a non-profit 501(c)3 child advocacy organization that was established in 2013. We are part of the National CASA Association and we continue to grow and develop with the help and guidance of this robust organization. There are currently over 1,000 CASA/GAL programs in 49 states recruiting, training, and supporting a network of volunteers to represent the best interests of children in their respective communities.
Our vision is amplify each and every young voice.
When children are given an opportunity to thrive, they will. We envision a community in which every abused and neglected child in Luzerne County has a safe, permanent, loving home and the support to become a healthy, empowered adult. We know that children who are assigned a CASA volunteer are half as likely to re-enter foster care. We know that children who are assigned a CASA volunteer spend less time in foster care. And we know that children who are assigned a CASA volunteer perform better in school. Since 2013, 158 children in Luzerne County have been matched with a CASA volunteer.
Our goal is to enlist your help.
Qualified, compassionate Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) offer abused and neglected foster children the one thing they don't have: the undivided attention of a caring adult.
A CASA is a trained community volunteer, appointed by a judge, to represent the best interests of an abused and neglected child (or sibling group) in court. Volunteer advocates independently assess each child's situation and dedicate themselves to learning all they can about a child’s unique history and experiences. They then make informed recommendations to the Luzerne County Dependency Judges as to: 1) what permanent placement would be best for that particular child, and 2) what immediate services the child needs, whether it be educational, social, mental health, physical health, or cultural.