Date

5-2019

Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Department

Health and Human Services

Major

Social Work

Abstract

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization focused on advocating for abused and neglected children in the foster system. CASA trains and supports community volunteers who become advocates. For every 50 male children there are only 15 male advocates. Those other 35 boys are left with female advocates. More than half of the youth who age out of foster care are incarcerated at some point by their mid-20s. Many boys decline into the world of drugs, violence, even incarceration. Advocates who connect with the male children at a crucial age, establish a bond and resemblance on another level. Male figures help restore life balance, support and reassurance in male children. This project was designed to provide CASA with feedback from men who have been a CASA, in order to better engage men in the community in this very important role. Feedback was gathered on the successes and challenges experienced throughout the CASA process.

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