BE A HERO FOR A CHILD IN FOSTER CARE
CASA DC'S RESPONSE TO CURRENT EVENTS
CASA for Children of DC is heartbroken and grieving over George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Dion Johnson, Sean Reed, and every person of color murdered by a system of racism and violence. We say their names, and we remember them. We see them, and we recognize the systemic racism that affects the lives of the children and families we serve every day. We acknowledge that over 80% of the youth CASA DC serves are Black. Systemic racism is woven into the disproportionality and generational trauma that is rampant in this nation.
We recognize, too, that CASA DC's staff and volunteers are diverse. We come from different levels of privilege and intersectionality. Some of us have benefited from the very systems of privilege by which others have been oppressed. We are always striving to do better. We are working to offer more robust training around race, diversity, and equity. We are exploring workshops for our youth to engage in conversations around justice. We will be sending resources to all of our volunteers to ensure they, their youth, and their families are supported during this time.
CASA DC speaks from a collective voice of pain, anger, and frustration. We call out this injustice and call out for change. The core mission of CASA for Children of DC is to raise our voice to advocate for a better future and better outcomes. We are committed to change in ourselves, and we demand systemic change in this country. Today, we raise our voice to affirm that Black Lives Matter. The lives of our children and families matter. We raise our voice to condemn hate, oppression, and white supremacy. We raise our voice to advocate for justice and change.
WHAT WE DO
CASA for Children of DC is a leading voice in advocacy for court-involved youth in the District of Columbia. CASA DC connects specially-trained volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates to support vulnerable and at-risk youth in foster care and the juvenile justice system. CASAs develop a mentor-like relationship with their youth and advocate for their youth’s best interests in Court, promoting greater outcomes and the opportunity to thrive.
Our Goal is To Ensure That Every Foster Youth in D.C. Has a CASA.
"My CASA Samaura advocated on my behalf to my other team members and what I wanted finally started being heard by my team. I called her the glue to my team because she was always picking up loose ends from other team members and always there for me when I needed her."
Dijonia, Former Foster Youth
Building a Brighter Future for DC Foster Youth
Children who have experienced abuse or neglect fare better with a CASA by their side. Studies have shown: