Most Common Questions
Key information you should know about CASA of New Hampshire
CASA of NH is a private, nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and supervises volunteers to advocate in New Hampshire’s courts for the best interests of abused and neglected children, so they can grow up in safe, permanent homes.
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer is a trained citizen appointed as a Guardian ad Litem 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.
CASA serves more than 1,000 children a year in New Hampshire. In 2015, CASA of NH’s 465 volunteer advocates represented 1,198 abused and neglected children. Since 1989, CASA of NH has served nearly 10,000 children in District and Family Courts.
- CASA has been proven to deliver better short- and long-term outcomes for the children we serve. They spend on average less time in foster care, perform better in school and are less likely to re-enter care.
- Judges throughout New Hampshire have come to depend upon the unique and unbiased perspective presented by CASAs to use when making decisions about a child’s future. Approximately 20 years after CASA’s inception in New Hampshire, it was written into state law that the courts must contact CASA first when seeking a Guardian ad Litem in an abuse or neglect case. Only when CASA is unavailable is a paid GAL called in. The state has requested CASA build capacity to serve on 100 percent of cases.
- Appointing CASA to advocate for the children in the majority of the state’s abuse and neglect cases is significantly more cost effective than alternative approaches. CASA’s advocacy work helps save the state at least $3 million a year in legal expenses in and travel fees. More here.
As a private nonprofit, CASA of NH relies on a diverse revenue base. CASA relies heavily on the support of individual donations, corporate contributions, private grants and fundraisers. Approximately 60-70 percent of our operating budge comes from these methods. The remaining 30 to 40 percent comes from state and federal funding. See more of a breakdown of funding here.
There are currently 25 staff members, 12 of whom provide direct supervision and oversight to CASA’s volunteers.
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! Follow us on social media to help spread the word to your friends, family and colleagues who might be interested in getting involved.