Our Mission

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MISSION STATEMENT
Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Inc. provides trained volunteers and professional staff to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children and youth, promoting and supporting safe, permanent and nurturing homes for these victims in the child welfare system, the community, and before the courts of the 16th Judicial District of Virginia. Piedmont CASA promotes awareness about child abuse and neglect through community education and outreach.

We implement trauma-informed and resilience-based practices.

Piedmont CASA incorporates trauma-informed, resilience-based practices and responses into every aspect of our work. CASA Volunteers are prepared to actively promote appropriate interventions for our boys and girls. These approaches are generally relationship-based, and focus on healing and supporting the child-parent relationship. Staff and Volunteers are able to assist the court and child welfare system in ensuring safety, appropriate placement, and the services necessary to ensure physical health, mental health, and educational stability.

We provide stability and continuity.

Piedmont CASA Volunteers remain unique in their ability to stay with children throughout the life of a case. Even when social workers, foster parents, and schools change, CASA Volunteers do not – thus providing important continuity for the child.

We help keep the community connected.

As a program, Piedmont CASA is unsurpassed in making use of our community's most valuable asset, its citizens, who as Volunteers donate their time in service to abused and neglected children. A byproduct of this engagement is a better-informed community.

Piedmont CASA is the only organization providing this service, and we do not charge fees.

We save Virginia money.

The thousands of hours of advocacy that are donated by CASA Volunteers each year save Virginia money on child welfare expenses by reducing long-term placements, subsequent victimization, and re-entry into the foster care system. Most importantly, children and youth with Piedmont CASA Volunteers have a better opportunity to break the cycle of abuse and neglect, and become stable, productive adults.