Friends of CASA
The death of another black man while in police custody and the violence which has occurred in the streets of Boston and other cities throughout the Commonwealth has given us all pause here at Boston CASA to think again about how vulnerable our children and their families must be feeling in isolation. The trauma of living with or the fear of violence permeates the life of almost every person who finds themselves involved with the Juvenile Courts of Massachusetts. More children and their caretakers are experiencing a heightened sense of loneliness and desperation. Our nearly 200 CASA volunteers are closely monitoring the placements and services for over 280 children throughout this pandemic. CASAs are responding to medical and mental health emergencies. Our volunteers continue to ensure that every child is receiving appropriate mental health services and emotional support to help them navigate these horrific events and this pandemic. CASAs are reporting safety concerns for children and advocating with school districts to provide educational materials to every child. They are actively working with DCF to maintain contact between foster children and their biological families and siblings to safeguard against these vital emotional connections being lost during COVID 19 and to ease each child’s concern about their mother’s, father’s or siblings’ safety.
CASAs are taking children, at their monthly and often weekly “visits”, on hundreds of virtual road trips to museums, aquariums, libraries, National Parks and sporting events to give each child a sense that there is peace and joy in the world amidst the daily onslaught of violence on television. They are delivering much needed fresh fruit to the doorsteps of foster and family homes and referring our families to local food banks. In short, with the support of our CASA managers and entire staff we have not missed a step in the past 12 weeks. But we also need the support of you, our friends. Boston CASA is facing the worst of economic times since 2008. Grants are not as forthcoming as they were in the beginning of 2020 and we have been forced to reschedule our annual gala until the Spring.
We realize that this is a very difficult time for many, but for our vulnerable children and families it is both challenging and frightening beyond our comprehension. Please consider donating to Boston CASA today so that we can continue with our essential work. You might even consider becoming a CASA volunteer/advocate for a child. We are actively recruiting for our September training classes. This is your opportunity to truly transform a life, perhaps your own through the CASA experience.
Boston CASA Receives Liberty Mutual Grant
Boston CASA has been awarded a three-year grant totaling $240,000 from Liberty Mutual Insurance. We are one of 19 Boston area organizations awarded grants totaling $5 million in an effort to address youth homelessness in Boston. Learn more here…
We were awarded a grant from the National CASA/GAL Association for Children! Learn more here…
Since 1982, the Boston CASA Program has made a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children in our community.
Boston CASA’s (Court Appointed Special Advocates) mission is to ensure a safe and permanent home for court-involved children in Suffolk and Middlesex County who have experienced abuse and neglect.
We fulfill our mission by recruiting, training and supervising community volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (“CASAs”) who work to ensure that these children have safe and permanent homes.
Cummings Foundation • Social Venture Partners • Cabot Family Charitable Trust
Clipper Ship Foundation • Mabel Louise Riley Foundation • Ludcke Foundation • Liberty Mutual Foundation
George H. and Jane A. Mifflin Memorial Fund • J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation • MFS Investment Management
John Alden Trust • Massachusetts Bar Foundation • Tufts Kappa Alpha Theta • Vertex • Tiny Tiger Foundation • Foundation for Metrowest – Youth in Philanthropy
Bushrod Campbell and Adah Hall Charity Fund • Wednesday’s Child • East Boston Savings Bank Charitable Foundation • Forest Foundation
Helen G. Hauben Foundation • Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation • Social Innovation Forum