When it is safe and in a child's best interest, CASA's primary goal on a case is to help children reunify with their families. This means that it is important for all volunteer advocates to get to know and work with a child's biological parents, as well as their extended family. Early Family Engagement volunteers specifically work to involve a child’s extended family network from the earliest stages of the case to ensure a child’s continued feeling of connectedness and wellbeing, and to facilitate placement with relatives whenever possible. Family Finding volunteers research and connect with relatives on ongoing cases in an attempt to engage or re-engage them in the lives of children.
Learn more about working with families in our blog post, Seeing the Whole Picture by Working with a Child’s Family.
Learn more about reunification with parents in our blog series, Reunifying Families.
Learn more about Family Engagement in our blog post, Diving into CASA’s Family Finding Program.