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CASA for Kids
Advocates for abused and neglected children
Programs and Services
- The organization 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.
- 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 children in the Juvenile Dependency system. Once a volunteer completes 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. The advocate becomes familiar with the case by reviewing records of the child, including medical, educational and any historical history that the family has had with the Washington County Children and Youth Services. The courts supply CASA with a Court Order that facilitates information gathering from current and past providers to the child.
- The beauty of the role of CASA is that the CASA focuses solely on the child/children. Many of our advocates see their child/children frequently and often become a consistent adult in the lives of children. The knowledge that the advocate gains is assembled into a court report that is provided to the court. The court reports assist our Judges in seeing areas of the child/children's lives that they would not otherwise see.
- When a child has a CASA, they are more likely to get the proper support that they need. A CASA advocate is the most informed person in the court room, having talked to the child, parents, family members, foster parents, school officials, doctors and others involved in the child's life. They are able to notice when a child is missing their glasses and can advocate for them to get a new pair of glasses. They are able to focus on the needs of a child and show that child that they have a voice.
- Children with a CASA volunteer do better in school, with less poor conduct in school, better grades and more likely to pass all courses. A child with a CASA is more likely to be adopted, half as likely to reenter foster care and substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care. The CASA program focuses on a 'forever home' preventing children from growing up in foster care.
Primary Revenue Sources
Children and Youth Social Services, National CASA Association, Washington County Community Foundation, United Way Washington County
Primary Fundraising Event
Chefs for CASA
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