Feb 23, 2013

PAOB Member Supports The Opening Of The New Virginia Beach Court Appointed Special Advocates Offices.

PAOB member and board member of the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Frances Knight Thompson joined fellow board members, supporters, volunteers, and donors for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Virginia Beach CASA Offices. This partnership with the City of Virginia Beach has afforded Virginia Beach CASA to move from a 650 square foot office, to a newly built 900 square foot suite of offices.

CASA Program is a private, non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of children involved in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court process. The CASA program recruits, trains, and supervises competent volunteers dedicated to advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children in juvenile dependency proceedings. The program promotes safe, permanent homes for all children and seeks to educate the community concerning the needs of abused and neglected children.

CASA volunteers are members of the community who receive extensive education and training in order to advocate for abused and neglected children- who through no fault of their own - are thrust into juvenile and domestic relations court and often, into foster care. CASA volunteers watch over and advocate for these children to make sure they don't get lost in an overburdened system. Their ultimate responsibility is to promote safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.