History

Child Advocates of SW Connecticut (CAC) was founded in 2010 by concerned local citizens with a mission to provide volunteer child advocacy for abused or neglected children in Fairfield County. 

In 2103, CAC became a member of the National CASA Association, a nationwide network of almost 1,000 programs in 49 states that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings. 

In 2015, CAC partnered with Patrice Comey to introduce CASA legislation to provide statutory recognition of Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers to work with Connecticut’s most vulnerable children in the child protection system.  The legislation opens the door for CASA volunteers to help more abused and neglected children in our state.

In 2016, the CASA law unanimously passed in the Connecticut Legislature and was signed into law by the Governor.  CAC began providing trained CASA volunteers for children. 

In 2017, CAC established the Probate Court program to provide volunteer advocates for vulnerable children and youth involved in complex guardianship issues in Probate Court.

In 2019, CAC established the Community Advocates for Children and Youth (CACY) program to provide volunteer advocates for vulnerable children and youth in the community.  

Since 2010, CAC has trained over 181 volunteer advocates and helped over 315 vulnerable children. 

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