New York, NY
What Project would a laptop help you with?
CASA plays a crucial role in assisting New York City’s overburdened Family Court to meet the needs of the city’s most vulnerable children. Family Court Judges assign CASA to a case when they are concerned that a child is at risk of “falling through the cracks” because they are not getting their needs met while in foster care, at risk of languishing in foster care longer than necessary, or aging out of foster care without housing, an income, or services they need to live independently. Advocates work collaboratively with children, parents and family members, foster parents and foster care agencies, attorneys, educators and service providers to develop a comprehensive assessment of the needs of each child. They then work diligently to ensure that those needs are met and that any barriers to a child’s reunification with parents or adoption are addressed. They work to put services in place, cut through red tape and facilitate movement through the system so that children achieve permanency as quickly as possible. Laptops are a crucial piece of this puzzle as they give children a way to complete their work and connect with the world.
What do you love about this project?
No other organization exists to advocate in this way for New York City foster youth. Ultimately, CASA–NYC strives to have children discharged from foster care and placed in safe, permanent and loving homes as efficiently as possible.
What Languages do you speak?
Given a choice, would you prefer a Mac or PC?