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CASA of the 9th Judicial District
 

     CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a national organization of volunteers that judges appoint to speak for the safety and well-being of abused and neglected children.

     By being independent investigators and advocates, CASA volunteers can make all the difference in these children's lives. One example: research shows children with a CASA volunteer are much less likely to languish in long term foster care. CASA is a national cause with 68,000 volunteers in over 970 locations across the country. Last year, CASA served about a quarter million children, about one-third of the over 780,000 children in foster care. Volunteers come from all walks of life. You do not have to be a lawyer or social worker to volunteer. Volunteers from all cultures, professions, ethnic and educational backgrounds are welcome; roughly half of our volunteers work full time. CASA volunteers are well trained, with no less than 30 hours training prior to being assigned to a case. Volunteers are well supported by local CASA program staff with professional backgrounds in the legal and child welfare fields.

     In addition to providing financial support, Bethel members serve as CASA volunteers as well as on the local board of CASA of the 9th Judicial District, which serves children from Roane, Morgan and Loudon counties.