Abused and neglected children need more help than the foster care and child welfare systems can provide. That's where CASA volunteers come in.

Appointed by judges, these trained citizen volunteers look out for children in state care, advocating for their best interests in the courtroom and the community. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

The National CASA Association is a membership organization of 933 programs recruiting, training and supporting CASA volunteers in 49 states and Washington DC. In 2012, 77,000 volunteers helped 234,000 children find safe, loving homes.