There are currently hundreds of children in Worcester County who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. Although Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) continue to serve more of these children each year, the need for CASA volunteers continues to grow as more children enter the child welfare and court systems.On October 12, 2017 the Worcester court swore-in 22 of the 30 new CASA volunteers who will advocate for the best interest of these children.

These advocates join our other dedicated Worcester County CASA volunteers who have passed a thorough screening process and completed comprehensive training in child development, the court and child welfare systems, interviewing children, and much more. In 2017 160 new volunteers were added to the team of dedicated volunteers at CASA of Worcester county.

CASA volunteers work one-on-one with an abused or neglected child, advocating for his or her best interests.
Essentially, CASA volunteers “speak up” for these children in the court and child welfare systems, making sure they are safe and well-cared for, are getting the services they need, and are placed in a permanent, safe, nurturing home as quickly as possible. These children may also have health, learning, emotional, or psychological challenges, and need special services that the Court should be aware of via the CASA volunteer’s updates.

“CASA volunteers don’t require any specific educational or professional background. All they need is compassion, objectivity, and a commitment to children. We’ll train and supervise them to be effective voices in court,” says Doug Stark, Director of Community Resources, for CASA of Worcester County. “Our volunteers come from all walks of life, and diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. They are ordinary individuals who rise to the extraordinary by making a difference in the life of a child.”

Anyone interested in volunteer opportunities should visit www.worcestercasa.org for more information, or contact Doug Stark at 508-TRY-CASA or volunteers@thecasaproject.org.