Frequently Asked Questions
What is CASA of New Hampshire?
CASA of NH is a private, nonprofit organization whose volunteers advocate in New Hampshire’s courts for the best interests of abused and neglected children, so they can grow up in safe, permanent homes.
What is a CASA/Guardian ad Litem Volunteer?
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer is a trained citizen appointed as the Guardian ad Litem (GAL or “guardian of the case”) by the District or Family Court judge to represent a child victim in cases of abuse and neglect.
Simply put, CASA volunteers serve as GALs in child abuse and neglect cases.
How many children does CASA of NH serve?
In 2013, CASA of NH represented more than 1,000 abused and neglected children. Since 1989, CASA of NH has served nearly 10,000 children in District and Family Courts.
How effective is the CASA program?
Judges throughout New Hampshire have noted the value of the information that CASA brings to the proceedings and are appreciative of the unique and unbiased perspective presented by CASAs. In addition, national studies show that a child who has been assigned a CASA volunteer spends less time in court and less time in foster care than those who do not have CASA representation.
How is CASA of NH funded?
As a private nonprofit, CASA of NH relies on a diverse revenue base. Thirty to 40 percent of our operating budget is from state and federal funding, with the balance from individual and corporate contributions, private grant monies, and revenue from CASA fundraising efforts.
How many staff members work for the organization?
There are currently 23 staff members, 12 of which provide direct supervision and oversight to CASA’s volunteers.
Are there other ways to help CASA besides being a CASA?
Yes! Being a CASA is not possible for everyone. We also seek individuals and corporations who wish to help underwrite the organization, or sponsor an event. There are also a number of committees to join, or you can volunteer as a receptionist in the office. Or, simply, help spread the word about the great work CASA does for New Hampshire’s children! More…