Give a Child Hope

CASA of Chautauqua County staff and CASA of New York State representative celebrating 20 years of service to abused and neglected children at the 15th Annual Come to the Table auction held on May 11, 2023. Pictured (L-R): Laurie Winkler, Case Advocate Supervisor for CASA of Chautauqua County; Chelsea Paterson, Director of Marketing and Communications for CASA of New York State; Kathy Park, Executive Director for CASA of Chautauqua County; Kelly Fiorella, Fund Development Coordinator for CASA of Chautauqua County.

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CASA of Chautauqua County

Dear Friends of CASA,

As we approach the end of our 20th anniversary year, we are filled with gratitude for all those who have given so generously of themselves — as volunteers, as donors, as partners — to help children who have experienced abuse or neglect in our community. We are thankful for you and greatly appreciate your support of our mission.

This special time of year should be a time to make happy memories with family. But it can be a very difficult time of year for the 86 children in Chautauqua County who have experienced abuse or neglect. Many of these children have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care. They’re involved in court hearings, adjusting to new foster homes and transitioning to new schools. That is a heavy burden for a child to carry alone, especially during the holidays.

A CASA volunteer is a caring, consistent adult who will be there for a child experiencing the loneliness and uncertainty of foster care this holiday season. Children with a dedicated volunteer by their side have someone who will speak up for their best interests in the courtroom and community, and help them find a safe, permanent home. CASA volunteers make sure that every child has the opportunity to heal and thrive.

On any given day this holiday season, 25 CASA volunteers in Chautauqua County are showing up for 48 abused and neglected children helping them find hope for a brighter future. Children and youth with a CASA volunteer have significantly higher levels of hope. When a child has more hope, they are also more likely to succeed in school, have greater self-control, increased optimism and a higher overall sense of well-being.

We at CASA of Chautauqua are determined to make sure every child in our county who has experienced abuse or neglect has the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving home. But we can’t do this alone. Your generous support makes our work on behalf of these children and youth possible.

We invite you to join our movement and make a life-changing impact on a local foster child by making your very first gift of $25 today.

Please help us bring the care and compassion of a CASA volunteer to more children in need by making your gift today.

About CASA of Chautauqua

The mission of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Chautauqua County is to provide an independent voice in court, advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the pursuit of finding safe and permanent homes. CASA of Chautauqua County, Inc. relies on highly trained volunteers who are appointed by a Chautauqua County Family Court Judge to advocate for children in court. These volunteers work with relevant agencies and parties in order to advocate for the best interests of the child. With the information provided by the CASA volunteer, Family Court Judges are better able to make informed decisions as to what is best for the child.