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Dec 15
2009

Impact Story: One Child at a Time...CASA

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Alaskans donated $3,600 to the nonprofit Friends of Alaska CASA through last year's Pick. Click. Give. program.

But what is a CASA?

The term CASA refers to a Court Appointed Special Advocate who speaks up for abused and neglected children in court. These dedicated volunteers are critical for children because in many cases social workers have overwhelming caseloads interfacing with upwards of 90 children. CASA volunteers, on the other hand, is responsible for just one child which allows them to focus all of their attention and energy to promote the best interest of that child.

CASA volunteers go to court with the child, meet with social workers and teachers, and get acquainted with every adult that is important in the child's life. This familiarity helps them to gain a better idea of the child's individual needs and to make recommendations to the court on behalf of the child. Their hard work greatly improves the outcomes for abused and neglected children in Alaska and literally doubles the chance that a child will be placed in a permanent, stable home or be reunited with their family.

Friends of Alaska CASA is an organization that supports these CASAs in our state. The money the organization received through Pick. Click. Give. will specifically help them recruit and train 10-15 more volunteers. That's at least 10-15 Alaska children that will get essential one-on-one support as they navigate the court system.

Laura Haywood, President of Friends of Alaska CASA/Juneau volunteer, has been a CASA for five years and is only on her third case. She says, "In the CASA world, it's quality not quantity."

Learn more about how your funds are supporting this special program:

Friends of Alaska CASA is just one of many local organizations striving to make a positive impact on the lives of Alaskans.

What Alaska nonprofit has made an impact on your life? Share your story below and make sure to pick out the Alaska nonprofits you'll be donating to this January through Pick. Click. Give.