Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children stands in solidarity with the African-American community and shares the nationwide outrage over the unjust police killings of black Americans, most recently George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor.
As an organization advocating for the needs and rights of children placed in foster care, we are well aware of the racial disparity and disproportionality that children of color and their families face.
Statistics show, year after year, that African-American children are over represented in the child welfare system when compared to their representation in the general population. This disparity exists for many reasons, including long-standing institutional and systemic biases.
CASA continues our commitment to dismantling these disparities by bringing Undoing Racism training to CASA staff, volunteers and other child welfare system stakeholders throughout the state; developing and implementing a diversity and inclusion plan; and partnering with our court and child welfare systems to address the issue of disproportionality. We will continue our efforts to make strides in this area.
CASA advocates for and supports the rights of everyone – African-Americans and other people of color involved in the foster care system – and we will not rest until every person is treated with fairness, equity, and respect.
“We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe.” ~ Frantz Fanon (1925—1961), Psychiatrist and anti-colonial cultural theorist.
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Children’s mission to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation to protect a child’s right to be safe, treated with respect and to help them reach their fullest potential. For more information about CASA, visit AtlanticCapeCASA.org.