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CASA for Kids
CASA trains community members to become Court Appointed Special Advocates, who will speak up for the best interest of abused and neglected children in the courts of Washington County. CASA volunteers review records, research information, and talk to everyone involved in a child's life and then present their recommendation to the court as to what they feel is in the best interest of the child.
Programs and Services
- CASA for Kids, Inc., was established in 2002 as a 501 (c)3 organization, initiated by a group of concerned citizens following the death of an abused /neglected child who got 'lost in the cracks' of child welfare. CASA volunteers are vetted and trained to become a child advocate for these hurt child in the Juvenile Dependency system. Once a volunteer goes through the 30 hours of training and 6 hours of court observation, they are sworn in as a Friend of the Court and assigned to a child's case.
- Once the CASA advocate is assigned a case, they begin to advocate for their casa child /children. First the advocate becomes familiar with the case by using the CASA court order to review all the records of the child, including medical, educational and any history the family has had with the Washington County Children and Youth Services. The CASA court order is an important tool to gather records, not only past records but also anyone working with the child including current child's placement.
- Besides the important role on knowing the past and current history of the child, the most important role of a CASA advocate is to know the child. Many of our advocates see the child frequently and often become the most consistent adult in there lives. This knowledge of the child's history, placement and needs all comes together when the CASA volunteer writes their report to the court. CASA reports are submitted at review hearing (approximately every three months) to update the court.
- The CASA report becomes an important vehicle for the Judge and all the parties to understand what's happening with the child.(The Juvenile Judge considers CASA's as an extra set of eyes and ears, vital for that child's safety and very helpful in determination of court orders.) A CASA advocate knows the child better that anyone else in the court room and often can make recommendation to support that child. These recommendations often go directly into the Judge's court order, supporting the child.
- The goal of a CASA advocate is to have their child in a safe forever home. This could be a return home, if the situation that brought the child into care is corrected or it could be to adoption, if that is in the best interests of the child. When a child has a CASA advocate, they receive more services and support, spend less time in the child welfare system and are less likely to enter the system again. Most importantly, a child is more likely to be in forever home and have a brighter future.
Primary Revenue Sources
Direct Public Support, Special Events, Grants and United Way
Primary Fundraising Event
Chefs for CASA
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