Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Hampshire is a nonprofit that recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers to serve as advocates for children throughout the state who have experienced abuse or neglect. CASA volunteer advocates get to know a child and the important people in that child’s life to provide vital information to help a judge make decisions based on the best interests of the child.
CASA advocates truly change a child’s story.
Since CASA was founded in 1989, we have given nearly 12,000 New Hampshire children a voice in District and Family courts and a chance at a brighter future.
A world where every child is given the opportunity to thrive in a safe, permanent and nurturing home.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Hampshire provides a voice for children and youth who have experienced abuse and neglect by empowering a statewide network of trained volunteers to advocate on their behalf so they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.
In fulfilling its vision and mission, the entire CASA organization is guided by the following values: Compassion, Integrity, Honesty, Justice, Passion, Respect, Courage, Transparency, Inclusivity and Equity.
FY 2023 By The Numbers
New Volunteers Trained
Children with Advocates
- CASA volunteer advocates are assigned one case at a time and generally give 10-15 hours a month to help ensure judges have the information they need to make decisions that are best for the child’s future. A social worker is assigned to a child’s case, but their role is to assess the parents and the child. A CASA is the only adult that speaks up solely for the best interests of the child.
- Judges throughout New Hampshire depend upon the unique and unbiased perspective presented by CASAs when making decisions about a child’s future. State law mandates that the courts contact CASA first when seeking a Guardian ad Litem in an abuse or neglect case. Our goal is to have enough trained volunteers to provide a CASA to every New Hampshire child who needs one.
- CASA’s provides the state with $3 million in advocacy work each year.
- As a private nonprofit, CASA of NH relies on a diverse revenue base including individual donations, corporate contributions, private grants, and fundraisers. Approximately 50 percent of our operating budget comes from these methods. The other half comes from state and federal funding. Get details.