Welcome to CASA

Welcome to CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates — of Kent County, the only local volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens to become appointed members of the Kent County court system in order to act on behalf of abused or neglected children as they pass through the family court system.

There are several ways to get involved in creating real change and opportunity in a child’s life through CASA. We invite you to hear our stories, learn our mission, and join our cause … because sometimes the only difference between a life of pain and anguish and a life of joy and success is YOU.

To report child abuse, neglect or abandonment contact the Michigan Centralized Intake Hotline at 1.855.444.3911. 

Get Involved

Help us “Plant” a Pinwheel Garden

pinwheel-garden (1)Whimsical pinwheels make us think of fun, wonder, and being carefree. But for hundreds of children in the foster care system due to abuse or neglect, their childhoods are anything but carefree.

This April, CASA of Kent County will be “planting” pinwheels in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids on the lawn of St. Mark’s Church (the intersection of Division Ave. and Pearl St.), one for each child victim of abuse or neglect who had a case in Kent County Family Court in 2015. We hope this installation will be a visual reminder of the often invisible and voiceless children CASA strives to speak for.

YOU CAN HELP by sponsoring a pinwheel…or five…or 10! Just $5 will “plant” a pinwheel in honor of an abused or neglected child in our community. (Each sponsored pinwheel will have a tag attached with the sponsor’s name, to recognize community members who are helping give these children a voice in their future.)

Thank you, and watch for more information about the Pinwheel Garden in the coming months!

 

Become a CASA volunteer!

The next CASA training class begins May 3, 2016. Click here to learn more and download an application. Call 616-632-5311 for details!