In 2020, The CASA Project’s 334 volunteers helped serve 652 abused and neglected children with tireless efforts! However, there are still many children waiting for someone like you to be their voice!
Closing 2021 & Welcoming 2022!
It is time to close the books on 2021 and what a year it has been! Together we have been able to accomplish some amazing things. While it has been a year of constant upheaval and uncertainty, CASA has been able to remain steadfast in its advocacy for children. We provided a CASA Advocate to more than 500 children, trained 50+ new volunteers (during a pandemic) and raised more than a million dollars.
Every aspect of our lives – health, school, work, travel – has been upended and we have had to compromise, sacrifice, and learn to deal with the unknown. We are so grateful to all our Judges, Attorneys, Social Workers and Court Investigators, who continue to come to work under less than desirable conditions. But mostly we are thankful for our Advocates who were steadfast in visiting children during very chaotic times.
On a very sad note, we lost Dianne Starkey on December 28, 2021. Many of you worked with Dianne in her role as an Advocate Supervisor from 2012-2019; she also served as a CASA Advocate both prior to and subsequent to her employment at CASA. She was a true Champion for Children and treated all children as if they were her own.
Midnight on New Year’s Eve brings with it a unique kind of magic, where the past and the future exist at once in the present. As we countdown to midnight, we are sharing the burden of our history while committing to the promise of tomorrow.
As we look forward to 2022, a search is underway for our new Executive Director. Many have reached out to me expressing sadness that I was leaving; however, the news of my departure has been greatly exaggerated. In June, I agreed to step in as Acting Executive Director as a temporary placeholder while a search committee was formed and a job description created. While I am grateful for this opportunity, my strengths lie in providing support to our Advocate Supervisors and I look forward to returning to that role. I have always felt I will know when the time is right to leave, however now is not that time, as I still feel there is more work to be done!
CASA would not exist without our wonderful staff, our Board of Directors, our Advocates, and our donors, who all came together in 2021 to ensure abused and neglected children did not fall through the cracks of the pandemic. We appreciate your dedication to the children of Worcester County and the impact each of you has had on our community.May 2022 be a year of joy, peace, and purpose!Respectfully yours,Lynn BarrieauLynn M. BarrieauActing Executive Director
The CASA Project recruits, screens, and trains community volunteers to be appointed advocates for children that have been abused and neglected in Worcester County!
Investigate and fact-find, helping a judge learn the nuances of each child’s prospective caregiver situations.
Advocate for any medical, mental health, and educational services that a child may need while in foster care.
Monitor case progress and well-being of the child to aid in obtaining a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible.
Nationwide, over 1,700 children a day are the victims of a violent crime or physically or sexually abused. Nearly 8,700 children are removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect in Massachusetts alone. These numbers could be considerably higher as a significant number of crimes against children go unreported.
Some encouraging news is that statistics also show that children who experience trauma fare better if they have one reliable, consistent adult in their lives. This is where CASA Advocates help fill the gap.
Our passion is to provide each child with an advocate to stand by them, amplify their voice, and advocate for their best interests. Children supported by CASA Advocates are far more likely to find safe, permanent homes and half as likely to re-enter foster care, and also receive better services and perform better in school. They are more also likely to graduate and become successful adults.
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Remembering dianne starkey
We are saddened to share that on December 28th, CASA lost a passionate advocate for abused and neglected children in Worcester County.
Dianne Starkey was a true champion for children, opening her heart as a CASA Advocate and as an Advocate Supervisor. The world is a lot better because of Dianne’s work, and we are proud to have known her and worked with her.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Dianne’s family and friends as they navigate this very difficult time. May warm memories of Dianne be a comfort to all who knew her.
NEW CASA VOLUNTEER
2022 TRAINING DATES
Dates: March 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 & 24
Dates: May 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19
Join us in our 2022 NEW Volunteer Training to learn what goes into being a CASA Volunteer! We look forward to meeting and working with each and every one of you!