Mention CASA in this town, and people think you're referring to the Spanish word for "house." But CASA also stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. In short, these folks are compassionate volunteers who are the voice of foster children in court.More>>
In the middle of a legal fight in abuse or neglect cases, the true wishes of a foster child often go unheard. They need someone to speak for them.
On Friday, eight new court appointed special advocates graduated from the "CASA program."
The volunteers passed background checks and hours of training to make them qualified advocates for foster children in Clark County.
Right now, there are more than 3,000 foster children in the Las Vegas Valley.
A graduate of the program is excited about the challenges of working with underprivileged children.
"I think that when you do this sort of work, it's both selfish and altruistic. It's selfish because you want to do something that makes you feel good about yourself, and its altruistic because you are actually helping a child at a difficult time in their life," the graduate said.
The qualified volunteers will now be assigned to one child in foster care to help them secure permanent residency.