History

Goochland CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) has been working with those children who find themselves in the court system through no fault of their own, for the past 14 years.

In 1977, a Seattle juvenile court judge concerned about making drastic decisions with insufficient information conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom.  Now there are CASA programs in all 50 states! The advocates work with the Guardian ad litem on the case and with the social worker but most of all with the children and the families. The advocate speaks to everyone on all sides of the case, and with the child in order to give the judge as much information as possible so that the decision that is in the very best interest of the child can be made.  To be a CASA, you will attend a training class to fully understand how the court works and your role.  Observation in the Juvenile Court and at the successful completion of the class, you are qualified to be sworn in by the judge.  You are now ready to be the eyes and ears of the judge and the voice for a child!

Goochland CASA is offering a training class to begin in August. Classes are held one evening a week (6:00pm-9:00pm) for 10 weeks.  This is a great opportunity to help children right here in our own community.  For more information or if you have any questions please contact Ann Casey, the Executive Director at Goochland CASA at 804-556-5876.  Come join our outstanding team and make a difference for a child!

Goochland CASA

1800 Sandy Hook Road

Goochland, VA  23063