How does a CASA become involved on a case?
The only way a CASA can become involved in a case is through assignment by The Honorable Judge Adams, our local Family Court Judge. At times, attorneys for the children have been known to also request a CASA be assigned to their case.
How large is the CASA program?
Genesee County CASA for Children serves children from birth to age 18 within Genesee County, NY. We have only one paid staff member, our Executive Director, whose responsibility is to recruit, screen, train and supervise the current 11 volunteer advocates. Annually, our dedicated volunteers serve between 50-60 children. Genesee County CASA for Children is also a part of National CASA as well as the NYS CASA Association. There are CASA programs across 36 counties in New York State. In the United States, there are 950 CASA programs in 49 states with the first CASA program beginning in Seattle in 1977.
How is CASA funded?
Genesee County CASA, Inc. is an independent 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. We are very fortunate to receive funding through grants from a variety of foundations and local community donors. Genesee County Family Court provides office space and support services at no cost to our program. We do receive a limited amount of funding from the Office of Court Administration, however, government funding makes up a very small percentage of the total funding that we receive. This program is also supported by local foundations such as the Batavia Rotary, United Way of Greater Rochester, Genesee County Youth Bureau, The New York Bar Foundation and the Kelly for Kids Foundation. Our largest source of funding is through our annual fundraisers; including our CASAblanca Casino Night event, our letter writing campaign, and our House Party in December.