Did you know that each year in New Hampshire, approximately 1000 children are identified as victims of abuse or neglect? Without a caring adult to represent their best interests in court, these children’s voices will never be heard. CASA volunteers are that voice. CASA of NH (Court Appointed Special Advocates)is a not-for-profit organization that recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who advocate for these children. CASA operates statewide in the family courts, and we are able to advocate for about 80% of the children who need an adult to be their voice in court. Our goal is to serve 100% of the children who need a CASA volunteer to move them through the child protective system faster and with better outcomes – and that means finding their way into a safe, permanent home.
CASA representatives are presenting this adjunct program as part of the 2013 One Book One Valley initiative. This year we are reading “The Talk Funny Girl” by Roland Merullo – a novel about an abused and neglected girl in rural New Hampshire.