"What is CASA?" began Beth Cardina, Program Director with the Summit County Juvenile Court and Executive Director of CASA.

CASA is a Court Appointed Special Advocate/ Guardian Ad Litem...

  • is an ordinary person doing extraordinary work for abused and neglected children.
  • is a carefully trained community volunteer who is appointed by a judge to represent the best interest of an abused or neglected child in court.
  • is trained to serve as the informed, independent, and objective voice for an abused and neglected child
  • helps tell a child's story in court.
  • advocates and focuses on the child's "best interest" and the child's need for a safe permanent home as soon as possible.

Our vision is that the CASA/GAL Program of Summit County be a model for how very well the CASA program works to protect the most vulnerable citizens of a community: children who have suffered abuse and neglect. In order to guarantee the on-going success of the program, we will continually generate awareness of the plight of abused and neglected children, and will cultivate strong partnerships with individuals and organizations like Rotary, who are committed to bettering children’s lives. We will do this with integrity, compassion and devotion to our children.

If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child, please contact me today: Beth Cardina - mobile 330-643-2514, email bcardina@cpcourt.summitoh.net

"Committed to making a difference in the lives of children in our community and beyond through our time, talents and treasures."

-Medina Sunrise Rotary