The mission of Friends of Alaska CASA is to recruit, train, supervise and support Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers who speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courts and who advocate for each child to have a safe permanent home.
Unfortunately, Alaska has one of the highest rates of child abuse and neglect in the country. At any given time there are over 2000 children in state custody. Research shows that outcomes for such children are substantially improved when they are represented by a CASA volunteer; however, only about 25 percent of them have such representation.
The CASA program recently adopted the goal of providing a CASA volunteer for every child who needs one. In order to meet our goal, we must raise public awareness of the CASA program.