Special Advocacy Case Study

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Maddie Fall

Beneficial Services Provided by CASA

The organization Court Appointed Special Advocacy, also referred to as, CASA, is located in Lane County and helps children typically between the ages of 0 and 17 who have been abused and neglected by their parents or have witnessed extreme abuse taking place in their household. This organization was formed to be the voice of these children, by advocating in court so they will be placed in a safer and permanent home without living foster care. CASA provides one main service for all the children who qualify for the program, which is the advocacy. This program has a limited 14 person staff and nearly 200 volunteers to facilitate these children through their court process and aid in finding them
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Martin (2014) describes the basic needs as “the need for food, health, shelter, and safety” (p.3). This is where CASA comes to step in to assist these children in need. The children who get help from CASA are lacking all of the basic needs in order for a human being to live. While they are lacking their basic needs, these children are also in need of social needs, which include, “interpersonal connection, and love, and physiological needs, such as the need to deal with the trauma of past abuse” (p.3). CASA is centered on serving children who have been in and out of foster care, have difficulties with learning, struggle with health problems, and do not have the love or interpersonal connection with a family, such as parents. The job of human service professionals according to Martin (2014) “are committed to helping people develop the necessary skills to become self-sufficient and function at their optimal levels, personally and within a society” (p.4). However, CASA only provides one service, which is to be advocates for the children in the courtroom and with other service providers involved in the child’s case, to get them to a reliable home and out of foster care. CASA does more than aid in finding the child a sufficient home. By finding this child a home, they are providing many other services as well. Such as: helping develop …show more content…
All of these components combined, and knowing the plight of the relationships and how they are connected to the individual are what shapes them to who they are. This theory helps a human service worker to understand and form some knowledge of their client before being able to assist them in their case. Similarly, a qualification to volunteer at CASA includes being able to understand their client and the trauma they have suffered with. Additionally, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs provides an outline for “how people are motivated to get their needs met and developed” (Martin, 2014, p.14). The model is constructed in the shape of a pyramid with physiological needs being the foundation and first need. Then, followed by that comes safety needs, love needs, esteem needs, and finally the top of the iceberg being self-actualization (Martin, 2014, p.14). In order to move up the pyramid, the individual would need to fulfill the requirements of the prior need. Most of the children who are receiving assistance from CASA are starting from the first need, physiological needs. The goal of CASA is to help the child thrive in a steady and lasting household where they can start with their very basic needs they are lacking, and work their way up Maslow’s needs, until they reach the very tip of the

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