CASA Volunteers-Everday Angels Helping Local Children


I’ve been a licensed foster parent since 2009. The need for safe, caring foster homes in New Hampshire has increased. This is a direct result of the growing drug epidemic and other factors. The need for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers has also increased. They are the everyday angels helping local children on the seacoast and statewide. 

What if I told you that you have the power to transform the life of a child in your own community? CASA volunteers do this.

Lots of peers remark that they don’t feel confident they could be a foster parent. The reasons include: “I’d become too attached”, “I’m not prepared to handle behavioral challenges as a result of trauma”, and “I’m busy parenting my own children”.  These are all valid reasons why foster parenting might not be the right decision. I often nod in understanding. Foster parenting is an emotional roller coaster. It is certainly not for everyone. However, my response is sometimes more direct.

“Become a CASA.”

Handling only one case at a time, a CASA volunteer is a neutral support for children in foster care. A CASA will get to know the foster child, their DCYF social worker, family members, and foster parents. A CASA writes a report to the judge at each benchmark in the case. They report how the child is doing, explaining any needs that are or are not being met, and voices to the judge the wishes and desires of the child. A CASA is a support, an advocate, and a clear, strong voice in a crowded court system. You can see the answers to frequently asked questions about CASA volunteers.

I met our first CASA volunteer shortly after receiving my first foster placement. She was about my age, and a mother to two boys. Looking back, I don’t think I could ever thank her enough for her dedication and unwavering support for the child I was fostering. In addition to attending court hearings, she worked with state and community agencies to advocate for my foster daughter. She made certain this tiny little person had a neutral adult voice throughout the case. 

Our CASA volunteer and my daughter on the day she was adopted.

Now seven years later, my current foster placement, also has a CASA volunteer. She comes with a history of social work, volunteerism, and working in special education. However, CASA’s don’t need experience in child welfare or education. They simply need to be dedicated with the desire to help local children. Our current CASA is also a wife, mother and grandmother. She is an ordinary person, doing something extraordinary for children. Our CASA volunteer has been a tremendous support to the children in my care. She truly is an everyday angel.

CASA volunteers come from all walks of life.

You can help ensure that vulnerable children within your community have a safe and loving permanent home, by becoming an advocate. The commitment is about 12 hours each month, and volunteers stay with the case until the end. 

There are also opportunities to volunteer at CASA in an administrative role, or simply to assist with events around the state. The strength of our communities is proportionate to the strength of our families and our children. One child at a time, YOU can make a difference right in your own community as a CASA volunteer.