Chesapeake CASA-Court Appointed Special Advocate Program

Chesapeake CASA-Court Appointed Special Advocate Program This is the official page for Chesapeake CASA, Division of Community Programs, Department of Human Services for the City of Chesapeake, Virginia.
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We welcome your comments. Click on the "Notes" tab to see the City's comment policy. 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, judges, lawyers, and more. Hopefully, one of these strangers is a CASA volunteer. 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.

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30.4% of children in foster care identify as LGBTQ. Many times this factor in their lives adds additional stress on top ...
06/08/2021

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!

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 childr...
05/18/2021

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.

#CASAGALVolunteersDay, #FosterStrong, #ChangeAChildsStory

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.

#CASAGALVolunteersDay, #FosterStrong, #ChangeAChildsStory

Please help me give a warm welcome to our Spring 2021 Chesapeake CASA class graduates!
05/07/2021

Please help me give a warm welcome to our Spring 2021 Chesapeake CASA class graduates!

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!!
04/20/2021

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week! Our Chesapeake CASA Volunteers are amazing!!

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!
04/15/2021

New CASA training class still going strong this evening! They are all going to be amazing additions to our programs!

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 ...
02/25/2021

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!

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!

Right now there are 5 kids in Chesapeake waiting for someone like you to be their Voice! Become a Court Appointed Specia...
02/01/2021

Right now there are 5 kids in Chesapeake waiting for someone like you to be their Voice! Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Call today at 757-382-8183, training begins March 20th!

Happy New Year from Chesapeake CASA!
01/01/2021

Happy New Year from Chesapeake CASA!

Chesapeake CASA would like to congratulate our three new CASA volunteers who were sworn in virtually this evening. Welco...
12/21/2020

Chesapeake CASA would like to congratulate our three new CASA volunteers who were sworn in virtually this evening. Welcome to the family Tina, Spencer, and Natalie! A special thank you to Judge Willis for administering the oath and the other Community Programs Administration who came to support our new advocates!

Happy Veteran's Day!
11/11/2020

Happy Veteran's Day!

Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate! Our next training class begins October 24th. Please contact the Chesapeake CA...
09/30/2020

Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate!

Our next training class begins October 24th. Please contact the Chesapeake CASA Program at 757-382-8183 or 757-382-8179 for information on how to begin.

Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate! Our next training class begins October 24th. Please contact the Chesapeake CA...
09/25/2020

Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate!

Our next training class begins October 24th. Please contact the Chesapeake CASA Program at 757-382-8183 or 757-382-8179 for information on how to begin.

Happy Father's day to all those that fill the father role for a child in their life!
06/19/2020

Happy Father's day to all those that fill the father role for a child in their life!

We are going to be starting our very first virtual training class the end of June! If you're ready to become a Chesapeak...
06/12/2020

We are going to be starting our very first virtual training class the end of June! If you're ready to become a Chesapeake CASA volunteer let us know today 😁 Feel free to message us here or give us a call at 382-8179.

Our hearts are with our communities and the citizens. Make your voices heard but please remember to remain safe and peac...
06/03/2020

Our hearts are with our communities and the citizens. Make your voices heard but please remember to remain safe and peaceful.

We are  especially grateful to our child advocates.  Even in these trying times you have not missed a beat for our kids!...
04/24/2020

We are especially grateful to our child advocates. Even in these trying times you have not missed a beat for our kids!!!

Within the last several weeks the level of dedication we have witnessed from you all to make sure our at-risk kids have eyes on them and someone in their corner is evidence that there is still so much good in this world.

Thank you!!❤️💙

Chesapeake CASA had to think outside the box tonight! We held our very first virtual swearing-in ceremony! Congratulatio...
04/09/2020

Chesapeake CASA had to think outside the box tonight! We held our very first virtual swearing-in ceremony! Congratulations to the five new CASA advocates who have joined our ranks to help keep children safe. A special thanks to all who participated in the event ❤️

Hang in there, you aren't alone 😘
04/09/2020

Hang in there, you aren't alone 😘

Chesapeake CASA in partnership with Portsmouth CASA have begun a new training class this morning!! #casaadvocates #volun...
02/01/2020

Chesapeake CASA in partnership with Portsmouth CASA have begun a new training class this morning!! #casaadvocates #volunteers

It's another happy day! Our Chesapeake CASA family has grown by 5. Congrats to our brand new CASA advocates!
11/14/2019

It's another happy day! Our Chesapeake CASA family has grown by 5. Congrats to our brand new CASA advocates!

It has come to our attention that we owe a big apology to our May 2019 graduating CASA Advocates! We apparently never po...
11/13/2019

It has come to our attention that we owe a big apology to our May 2019 graduating CASA Advocates! We apparently never posted all of your smiling faces. Please accept our sincere apology😔! You have all be wonderful additions to our program and we are so happy to have you 🥰! So without further ado...

Interesting new study out, that shows corporal punishment can affect gray matter development in the brain of children. T...
10/17/2019
Reduced Prefrontal Cortical Gray Matter Volume in Young Adults Exposed to Harsh Corporal Punishment

Interesting new study out, that shows corporal punishment can affect gray matter development in the brain of children. The persons that were involved in the study we're not abused but fell into societal norms of what would be called "normal spanking". On average about 12 times a year with an occasional object.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2896871/

Harsh corporal punishment (HCP) during childhood is a chronic, developmental stressor associated with depression, aggression and addictive behaviors. Exposure to traumatic stressors, such as sexual abuse, is associated with alteration in brain structure, ...

08/27/2019
I Am for the Child Campaign Video

I Am for the Child Campaign Video

400,000 children in America are still waiting for their CASA volunteer. Waiting for that one trusted adult who will stick with them until their case is resol...

06/24/2019

Chesapeake CASA has listed our volunteer coordinator position for applications. The job listing can be found and applied for on the City of Chesapeake's Click page. It is titled as a Community Programs Specialist.

The new CASA branding has begun. New slogan and all. #changeachildsstory
06/04/2019

The new CASA branding has begun. New slogan and all. #changeachildsstory

Virginia and Illinois unite again  but this year was special as we were graced with having Ariana join us who is  CASA y...
06/04/2019

Virginia and Illinois unite again but this year was special as we were graced with having Ariana join us who is CASA youth who received the Ackerman Academic Scholarship toward her attendance at the University of Illinois this fall. Asha and friend of mine for years has been her CASA worker and continues to support her in reaching her goals :)

National CASA Conference 2019 in Atlanta GA. Everyone is on the dance floor, but here for a quick picture we have Chesap...
06/04/2019

National CASA Conference 2019 in Atlanta GA. Everyone is on the dance floor, but here for a quick picture we have Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Newport News, and Manassas!

We are on the way to the National CASA Conference in Atlanta :) Chesapeake CASA going to represent!
05/30/2019

We are on the way to the National CASA Conference in Atlanta :) Chesapeake CASA going to represent!

Jessa Mae Steiner (Docor 😍)   we here at Chesapeake CASA want to wish you all the best in your new adventures! You have ...
05/23/2019

Jessa Mae Steiner (Docor 😍) we here at Chesapeake CASA want to wish you all the best in your new adventures! You have been an amazing advocate to our kids and families and I know you will do the same in Arizona! Congratulations on all of your milestones in the last few weeks I am so very proud of you and Blake.

Congratulations to our newest class of Chesapeake CASA Advocates! 13 new CASA family members. More pictures to come tomo...
05/09/2019

Congratulations to our newest class of Chesapeake CASA Advocates! 13 new CASA family members. More pictures to come tomorrow :) Thank you all new and seasoned advocates for your continued dedication to the Chesapeake CASA program and the youth of our city!

04/24/2019

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301 Albemarle Dr
Chesapeake, VA
23322

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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(757) 382-8183

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