With a new school year, the possibilities and opportunities are endless. Unfortunately, for some students, the challenges may also feel endless. That is why CASA volunteers encourage the children we serve to share their feelings about the new school year. We want to process the challenges together.

Since educators are vital to a child’s development, CASA volunteers are ready to connect with schools, as well.

How is CASA connected to schools?

CASA volunteers advocate for permanency with respect to a child’s living situation and school placement. We always keep the child’s best interest in mind. CASA volunteers interact and build relationships with everyone in the child’s environment who has a hand in their education—parents and foster parents, teachers, school counselors, social workers, attorneys, therapists and others.

How does CASA partner with the school system?

CASA volunteers work with education professionals like the school social workers to advocate for comprehensive wraparound services. Examples of these services include primary health, mental health and dental care, mentoring and post-secondary education awareness.

How does CASA advocate for children in school?

If a child is receiving interventions, such as special education or 504-related services, Henrico CASA volunteers can attend school meetings. CASA volunteers may recommend strategies that support the child’s success in school such as tutoring, therapies, assistive technology, and other accommodations. They can also advocate for placement stability, knowing that frequent school transfers can cause a child to fall behind.

If you would like to support the children, youth and families in Henrico as they navigate the new school year, learn how you can become a volunteer child advocate with Henrico CASA.