Chesapeake CASA-Court Appointed Special Advocate Program

Chesapeake CASA-Court Appointed Special Advocate Program This is the official page for Chesapeake CASA, a Division of Chesapeake Thrives Hopefully, one of these strangers is a CASA volunteer.

Each year, approximately 780,000 children in the US are caught up in the court and child welfare maze because they are unable to live safely at home. Imagine what it would be like to lose your parents, not because of something you did, but because they can’t—or won’t—take care of you. Now, into these children’s lives come dozens of strangers: police, foster parents, therapists, social workers, jud

ges, lawyers, and more. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in an inappropriate group or foster home. They stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence—the one adult who cares only for them. Last year, more than 68,000 CASA volunteers served more than 240,000 abused and neglected children through 1,018 program offices. CASA volunteers have helped more than two million abused children since the first program was established in 1977.

There is still time to donate. Let’s get these shelves stacked!
10/06/2023

There is still time to donate. Let’s get these shelves stacked!

09/30/2023

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from September 15 to October 15 every year. This is a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community.

At Virginia CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates, we know that we have a greater impact when we are mindful of the diverse cultural beliefs and practices among the children we serve!

It's officially Fall!
09/23/2023

It's officially Fall!

09/22/2023
Never hesitate to check in with loved ones, even the ones who seem to have it all together.    ***depreventionweek
09/14/2023

Never hesitate to check in with loved ones, even the ones who seem to have it all together.
***depreventionweek

Talking is the first step to preventing su***de.  Are you in crisis?  Call or text 988 or text TALK to 741741.   ***depr...
09/10/2023

Talking is the first step to preventing su***de. Are you in crisis? Call or text 988 or text TALK to 741741.
***deprevention

What a great time our CASA Volunteers had at the CASA Connection meeting.  The team was able to meet our fabulous new Vo...
09/09/2023

What a great time our CASA Volunteers had at the CASA Connection meeting. The team was able to meet our fabulous new Volunteer Coordinator, Paula and we got the opportunity to honor a long time volunteer for her decades of dedication to children.
Lori you're a Rock Star!

09/08/2023

Many students and teachers are back to school . Virginia CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates wishes students and teachers a safe, inspiring and educational school year!

Reading daily to young children benefits them in so many ways!  It prepares them for academic success, fosters creativit...
09/08/2023

Reading daily to young children benefits them in so many ways!

It prepares them for academic success, fosters creativity and imagination, improves their language skills, and helps you develop a special bond with your child.

In honor of National Literacy Day, what was your favorite childhood book?

09/07/2023

Bad news: Our fall training was delayed. Good news: You still have time to sign up! Next class begins October 13th.

Don’t miss your chance to make an impact! Application deadline is September 30th.
https://www.cityofchesapeake.net/321/Court-Appointed-Special-Advocates-Chesapeake CASA-Court Appointed Special Advocate Program
For more info call 757-382-8179.

This is the official page for Chesapeake CASA, a Division of Chesapeake Thrives

Know the signs 🪧
08/14/2023

Know the signs 🪧

It is important to note that child sexual abuse goes beyond touching behaviors. It is any interaction in which a child is used for stimulation of the perpetrator.

Be concerned if you observe a combination of these physical and behavioral indicators!

Abuse and neglect should be reported by calling your local social services department or the statewide hotline at 1-800-552-7096.

08/10/2023

Children in Chesapeake are waiting right now waiting for someone to stand by their side.

Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteer and make a difference.

Find out more: 757-382-8179
Apply today! --> http://bit.ly/ChesapeakeCASA

This is the official page for Chesapeake CASA, a Division of Chesapeake Thrives

Wishing you and yours a Happy Independence Day!
07/04/2023

Wishing you and yours a Happy Independence Day!

06/23/2023

This ruling supports the work that Tribal Nations have done over decades to ensure that Native children remain with or connected to their families, Nations and culture.

Happy Juneteenth!
06/19/2023

Happy Juneteenth!

“The power of a father in a child’s life is unmatched” - Justin RicklefsHappy Father’s Day!!
06/18/2023

“The power of a father in a child’s life is unmatched” - Justin Ricklefs

Happy Father’s Day!!

CASA volunteers are everyday citizens with the heart to help.   Right now Chesapeake CASA has children waiting.  This is...
12/03/2022

CASA volunteers are everyday citizens with the heart to help.

Right now Chesapeake CASA has children waiting. This is your sign!

Contact us today to find out how you can get involved. 757-382-8179.

Nick Gates of the NY Giants will wear cleats highlighting the National CASA/GAL logo as part of the NFL’s My Cause My Cleats initiative.

11/08/2022

Every child has a voice. CASA ensures it is heard within the court system... and today, we encourage CASAs to use their own voices in a different way. Go out and VOTE!

Our CASA family in Norfolk investing in the community!
09/13/2022

Our CASA family in Norfolk investing in the community!

Our Lead Advocate Manager, Samantha, joined other community members and leaders this weekend for an open discussion on dismantling the school to prison pipeline in Norfolk. Speakers included Valerie Slater, Esq with RISE for Youth, Norfolk CASA Board Member Ret. Judge Joe Massey, and members of Norfolk Branch NAACP, Royster Presbyterian Church, First United Presbyterian Church Norfolk, Let's Make A Difference, Hampton Roads Community Action Program, and many more.

We learned about the poverty, low reading proficiencies, school suspensions and drop-out rates that plague our community's children and the rates at which kids are being sent to juvenile detention (4.1 times the state average). More importantly, we attempted to answer the question "What can we do?"

Overwhelmingly, the answer was for everyone to "Get involved!"

Speak with your city council members, register to and show up for , become involved in your local and volunteer in Norfolk Public Schools, join a local organization, or ask your current organization (faith-based, school-based, etc.), "What more can be done to engage with the children in our neighborhoods and schools?"

For more information about becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate for kids, send us a message and a big THANKS for everyone who is doing the work to support children and families in Norfolk everyday!

06/15/2022

On June 13, the National CASA / GAL Association for Children will host a virtual discussion with author and associate professor, Reuben Miller, and members about his book “Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration.” Miller’s book addresses the struggles of former prisoners when returning to society. They are often denied their right to vote, rejected by employers and landlords and left impoverished. “Halfway Home” is the final book in National CASA/GAL’s Book Club - Poverty Learning Series. Little, Brown and Company

Read more about the National CASA/GAL Poverty Learning Series: https://nationalcasagal.org/national-casa-gal-launches-poverty-learning-series/

06/09/2022

Attendees at the 2022 National CASA / GAL Association for Children conference in Seattle this past weekend heard Zion Clark speak about his experience in the foster care system. Zion was born in 1997 without legs due to caudal regression syndrome. His birth mother couldn't care for him and he was placed into foster care. For 16 years, he moved from home to home, enduring mental abuse and bullying along the way. He was finally adopted just days before legally "aging out" of the system. Zion has overcome incredible challenges to become a champion wrestler and athlete. With his "no excuses" mentality, he became the first American athlete to compete in both the Olympic (wrestling) and Paralympic (wheelchair racing) Games in Tokyo (2020). He told the CASA audience, "you don't need feet to leave a footprint." Thank you Zion for inspiring us all and we can't wait to see the mountains you climb next! For more information about Zion's story, check out his documentary "Zion" and let us know what you think!

05/25/2022

In times of crisis, children want to know, "Who will take care of me?" Here are some tips to help reassure children during scary times.

A great family fun event for this weekend!
05/20/2022

A great family fun event for this weekend!

Families can look a million different ways but they all have one thing in common: love. ❤️

Celebrate love and families at Smartmouth Brewery Co for Foster Care Aware's Family Day TOMORROW!!!!!

Learn about how you can help support local children in foster care while having fun with the family. Enjoy live music, a bouncy house, and more! 🥳

Saturday, May 21st 1 - 4 PM
Smartmouth Brewery Co in Norfolk
https://fb.me/e/2g3ULPTHX

Visit fostercareaware.org to learn more.

05/19/2022

Kinship or relative care can minimize trauma and offer a sense of belonging to children and youth separated from their families of origin. National CASA/GAL is grateful for foster and kinship families, as well as CASA/GAL volunteers, many of whom are involved with reunifying children with their families.

Link in bio or https://nationalcasagal.org/our-impact/reaching-permanent-homes/

We love our CASA Volunteers!  Meet Lisa Luck an exceptional Chesapeake CASA ❤️💙
05/17/2022

We love our CASA Volunteers! Meet Lisa Luck an exceptional Chesapeake CASA ❤️💙



Lisa Luck is a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer with Chesapeake CASA-Court Appointed Special Advocate Program in Chesapeake, VA. Lisa is a Litigation Paralegal and has her Master's in Law, which both provide a lot of useful skills to the CASA role. When she is not working or volunteering with CASA, she loves going to concerts, completing 5k events with friends, and spending time with her family - she is a very proud auntie!

Lisa has been a CASA volunteer for 5 1/2 years and has advocated for 10 children. She has witnessed many impactful moments but one that stands out the most is when a little girl was permanently placed with her grandmother and she said she could sleep now that she feels safe.

When asked why she volunteers as a CASA, Lisa told us, "To be a voice for the future. To let these children know that despite the world they are living in at that moment that they are loved and that they can thrive, be happy, and do anything they want to when they get older."

For anyone thinking about volunteering as a CASA, Lisa says, "In the beginning, you may feel a little scared or overwhelmed, but your CASA family will be there for you every step of the way. The end results of knowing you have connected with a child who may not have any adults in their lives that they can trust is so rewarding." We agree! Thank you, Lisa!

Find a program near you by visiting our website at www.virginiacasa.org.

To All the Mothers: The biological mothers💜, step-mothers💜, foster mothers💜, adoptive mothers💜, and those who step up wh...
05/08/2022

To All the Mothers:

The biological mothers💜, step-mothers💜, foster mothers💜, adoptive mothers💜, and those who step up when a motherly figure is needed💜.

We thank you and appreciate all you do. Especially the things that go unnoticed.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Wear blue to show your support.
04/01/2022

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Wear blue to show your support.

The community is always in need of foster homes. If you’ve ever thought about it, this is your sign!
03/26/2022

The community is always in need of foster homes. If you’ve ever thought about it, this is your sign!

Exciting things are in the works to get the word out about foster care!

Huge thank you to The Addison Group ❤️✨

We’re so excited that our director Darnell Gaddis will be participating in this amazing project!
03/05/2022

We’re so excited that our director Darnell Gaddis will be participating in this amazing project!

03/05/2022

Chesapeake joins communities throughout the world in expressing support for the people of Ukraine by lighting City Hall in blue and gold, the colors of the Ukraine flag.

02/27/2022

Actor and comedian, Eddie Murphy, spent a short time in foster care after his mother became ill and had to be hospitalized for a long period of time. He was 8 years old and remembers it as a very impactful time of his life. The experience taught him to find something to laugh about in every situation. About a year later, his mother remarried and Eddie and his brother Charlie were reunited with her. After high school, he enrolled in community college and began taking the stage at a local comedy club. Since then he has charmed the world through movies, generating more than $2 billion through hits like "The Nutty Professor", "Coming to America", and "Daddy Day Care" - just to name a few. He says, "I've always had confidence. It came because I've had lots of initiative. I wanted to make something of myself."

Learn more about his story here: https://bit.ly/EddieMurphyFosterCare

02/24/2022

There are so many ways a CASA volunteer can support families and advocate for children. Here’s a chart that explains our role in more detail. Find a program near you at VirginiaCASA.org.

02/19/2022

National CASA/GAL Book Club members are looking forward to discussing “The Lines Between Us: Two Families & a Quest to Cross Baltimore’s Racial Divide” with award-winning author Lawrence Lanahan. The conversation – a part of our Poverty Learning Series – will explore how policies & pathologies perpetuate segregation & inequality in America.

The Poverty Learning Series educates program staff and volunteers to advocate for children, youth and families impacted by poverty and allows CASA/GAL volunteers and staff to reflect and engage in facilitated dialogue on topics that impact the children and families they serve. Leading up to the event, book club members participated in independent reading and group discussion, culminating in this special opportunity to hear directly from the author.

For more about the book visit: https://bookshop.org/books/the-lines-between-us-two-families-and-a-quest-to-cross-baltimore-s-racial-divide/9781620973448

The New Press

Contact us today to find out how you can BE it!
02/18/2022

Contact us today to find out how you can BE it!

If you can solve it, chances are you can BE it. Find a program near you at www.VirginiaCASA.org.

02/04/2022

There are children in your community waiting for someone like you help shape their future. Become a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) today!

Our next training starts in March. Call 757-382-8179 for more information on how to get started.

This is the official page for Chesapeake CASA, Division of Community Programs, Department of Human Services for the City of Chesapeake, Virginia. We welcome your comments. Click on the "Notes" tab to see the City's comment policy.

Today as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., may his words live on every day through our act...
01/17/2022

Today as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., may his words live on every day through our actions.

Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers make a life-changing difference for children who have experienced abu...
07/28/2021

Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers make a life-changing difference for children who have experienced abuse or neglect.

CASAs are appointed by a judge to advocate for a child’s best interest in court. Our volunteers help judges develop a fuller picture of each child’s life. Help us Change a Child’s Story ™ by becoming a Chesapeake CASA.

Our next training class begins September 19, 2021.
To enroll please apply at: https://bit.ly/3eImUJs
Contact us at 757-382-8179 for more info.
*We are in particular need of bilingual volunteers who speak English and Spanish.

Chesapeake CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program is seeking volunteer advocates to help abused and neglected c...
07/21/2021

Chesapeake CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program is seeking volunteer advocates to help abused and neglected children find safe, permanent, and loving homes.

Our next training class begins September 19, 2021.
To enroll please apply at: https://bit.ly/3eImUJs

Contact us at 757-382-8179 for information.

*We are in particular need of bilingual volunteers who speak English and Spanish.

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Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers make a life-changing difference for children who have experienced abuse or neglect.

CASAs are appointed by a judge to advocate for a child’s best interest in court. Our volunteers help judges develop a fuller picture of each child’s life. Help us Change a Child’s Story ™ by becoming a Chesapeake CASA.

Our next training class begins September 19, 2021.
To enroll please apply at: https://bit.ly/3eImUJs
Contact us at 757-382-8179 for more info.
*We are in particular need of bilingual volunteers who speak English and Spanish.
Chesapeake CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program is seeking volunteer advocates to help abused and neglected children find safe, permanent, and loving homes.

Our next training class begins September 19, 2021.
To enroll please apply at: https://bit.ly/3eImUJs

Contact us at 757-382-8179 for information.

*We are in particular need of bilingual volunteers who speak English and Spanish.
Want to help abused and neglected children in your community? Become a volunteer child advocate!

Chesapeake CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program is seeking volunteer advocates to help abused and neglected children find safe, permanent and loving homes. As an advocate, you will investigate the child’s current circumstance and provide the court with recommendations to support the child’s best interest. Advocates visit with their assigned child at least once per month. On average, volunteers donate about 10-15 hours of their time per month collaborating with the family and professionals in the community.
It is our mission to ensure that every abused child has a supportive adult to be their voice. That could be you!
Qualifications:
• Must be at least 21 years of age
• Must complete pre-service training to include court observation
• Must complete a Child Protective Services Registry, State Police, and FBI Background check.
• Must have a desire to help children in need

We are currently recruiting for our next training class which begins September 19, 2021.
If you would like to enroll please apply at:
http://www.cityofchesapeake.net/government/City-Departments/Departments/human-services/community-programs/relations/volunteers/volunteer-application.htm

For more information or if have questions please call 757-382-8179.
Please note that this is an unpaid volunteer position. We are in particular need of bilingual volunteers who speak English and Spanish.
30.4% of children in foster care identify as LGBTQ. Many times this factor in their lives adds additional stress on top of the trauma they are already living through. Help support and change a child's story today by becoming a CASA volunteer!
Chesapeake CASA supports more than 65 highly trained CASA volunteers in National CASA's service to nearly 277,000 children, youth, and their families nationwide. National CASA/GAL serves more young people in the child welfare system than any other national organization.

Chesapeake CASA volunteers advocate for the best interests of children before the court as a result of allegations of abuse or neglect. These children range in age from birth through the age of emancipation. Our volunteers are people, from all walks of life, who have been rigorously screened and trained extensively by their local program. Each volunteer receives more than 30 hours of training before they work with a child, with an additional 12 hours of continued education required annually. Volunteers receive ongoing support to help them advocate effectively on a child’s behalf. Since 2010, CASA/GAL volunteers from across the country have donated nearly 60 million hours advocating on behalf of children who have experienced abuse or neglect.

A child in foster care may have faced physical, psychological, and/or emotional trauma only to endure long periods of uncertainty in the system as they wait to go home, be adopted or simply see what happens next. But having a caring, consistent adult—someone who listens, checks in and puts the child’s best interests before all others’—can make all the difference.

Today we honor not only our amazing volunteers here in Chesapeake but every one of them across the nation for the work they do.

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Please help me give a warm welcome to our Spring 2021 Chesapeake CASA class graduates!
Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week! Our Chesapeake CASA Volunteers are amazing!!
New CASA training class still going strong this evening! They are all going to be amazing additions to our programs!
In-Service training taking place tonight for Chesapeake CASA. Keeping our advocates up to date on pertinent information regarding the family situations they may come into contact with is important to their success. Thank you to the 13 advocates that logged in to participate!