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Make a difference, one child at a time.

CASA volunteer advocates are ordinary people, just like you, with an extraordinary desire to help children. You can help a child overcome their obstacles and embrace a brighter future, if you:

  • can commit 10-20 hours a month to advocate for a child
  • are at least 21 years of age
  • have a reliable car to drive
  • can fulfill the requirements of our job description

What CASA volunteers do.

After you complete a CASA training course, you’ll be appointed by a judge to one foster care case involving a child or set of siblings dealing with the issues of abuse and neglect. You’ll gather information to help identify the child’s needs, present written reports at court hearings, help the child understand court proceedings, recommend services and more—all to help the judge make the best decisions to guide the child out of the foster care system and into a safe, permanent home.

Click here to become a volunteer

Why you’re needed.

  • 14,449* complaints of child abuse or neglect were reported in Kent County in 2020.
  • Investigations resulted in 1,933* confirmed cases of abuse and/or neglect, with 220^ children being removed from unsafe homes. 
  • A total of 934^ Kent County children were living in out-of-home care. 

Imagine what life is like for these kids. First, they’ve been badly mistreated by the people who are supposed to love and provide for them. Then they’ve been thrust into a child welfare system that is a maze of court dates, foster homes, and overloaded caseworkers. Though they are assigned professionals like case managers and attorneys—all of whom do their best to repair the effects of complex and tragic events—these children often feel confused, frightened and isolated. They may move from foster home to foster home, having to adjust to new “parents,” schools, classmates, churches and doctors every few months. Sometimes they are separated from their siblings and see them infrequently. While many children are resilient, those who suffered severe abuse or neglect may have emotional, behavioral, developmental or health problems, and lack desperately needed services and treatments.

You may be the only consistent adult presence for a child in this situation—and the only person who will make sure their best interests are represented in court.


*Data from Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count Databook (
^Data from West Michigan Partnership for Children, covers FY21 (October 2020-September 2021)

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