Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program of Delaware and Union Counties recruits, screens, trains and supports community volunteers to advocate in court for child victims of abuse and neglect.
Every child deserves a powerful and consistent voice in court, and a safe and permanent home.
CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.
Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to reenter care.
A Message from our Judges
David A. Hejmanowski has served as the Judge of the Probate/Juvenile Division of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas since February 2015.
Rick Rodger has served as the Judge of the Union County Common Pleas/Juvenile-Probate Court since 2020.
The History of CASA
In 1977, a Seattle Juvenile Court Judge found himself faced with making life changing placement decisions about children he knew very little about. He never felt confident he had their entire story, and was deeply concerned about what might happen if he made the “wrong” decision. Out of this concern grew the idea for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).
CASA of Delaware County was founded in 1984 as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer-based program. In 2016 the program grew with the addition of services to Union County, transitioned into a program of the Delaware County Juvenile Court and the Union County Juvenile Court.
CASA advocates in the best interest of abused and neglected children in Delaware and Union Counties.
We recruit, train and support community volunteers who serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system proceedings.
CASA volunteers are “the voice of the child” in court; providing information and perspective to assist the judge in making informed
decisions that are in the best interest of the child.