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|Christina Harrison, CASA Statewide Director, holding the plaque along with CASA coordinators and volunteers.
The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program of the Family Court of the State of Delaware was honored to receive the 2011 Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Organization. This is an esteemed award given annually to individual volunteers as well as volunteer organizations. Nominees are selected based on highly selective criteria about the number of people serving the organization, the type of service provided to the community, the level of impact that the organization has on the community, and the volunteers' commitment to service within the organization.
The mission of the CASA program is to provide independent and quality representation and advocacy for all abused and neglected children who are the subject of Court proceedings. The CASA volunteers have varied professional, educational and ethnic backgrounds and are selected on the basis of their objectivity, competence and commitment. The volunteers are appointed by Family Court Judges to represent a child's best interest in court. The CASA volunteers establish the child's best interest by gathering information, making recommendations to the Court and monitoring the circumstances surrounding the child(ren) in question. The CASA program has 270 active volunteers serving over 700 children statewide. Over 50% of the volunteers have remained assigned to a case beyond the initial18 month commitment.
The CASA volunteers' efforts were recognized by the Governor, the State Office of Volunteerism, and the State of Delaware on November 3, 2011. The efforts of the CASA volunteers have a true impact on the lives of the children and families that they so passionately serve.