CASA of Jackson County, founded in 1990, is a non-profit organization responsible for recruiting, training and supporting the work of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers. CASA volunteers do what no one else does- they donate their time to act as independent eyes and ears of the court and speak solely for the best interest of children and youth in the custody of DHS.
- Community members from varied educational backgrounds, cultures, and life experiences
- Individuals with a genuine interest in the well-being of children
- Men, women or couples over 21 years old, who are willing to complete 40 hours of training plus 12 hours annually of continued education and give approximately 10 hours per month to change the life of a child
- Abused and neglected children are all ages, newborns to age 18; 41% are 5 years old or younger
- It is estimated that more than 800 children in Jackson County are victims of abuse and/or neglect each year
- Gathers all pertinent information related to the child’s case
- Identifies the child’s needs and ensures appropriate services
- CASAs show up and speak up
- Makes recommendations to the court judge through written and verbal reports
- Serves as a consistent & knowledgeable advocate for the child’s placement in a safe, permanent and nurturing home
- The presiding judge relies on the CASA to investigate the case and recommend what is in the child’s best interest.
- CASAs strive to make sure children are not re-abused
- CASAs ensure children receive needed services (therapy, health care, special education)
- CASAs are often the only consistent person in an abused child’s life
- In Jackson County in 2015, 161 CASAs served 587 children.
- Of the 587 children served by a CASA in 2015, 74% reunited with parents and 18% were adopted or found legal guardians. In addition, 411 continue to have the powerful voice of a CASA.
161 CASA volunteers successfully advocated for 589 children in 2015.
Currently there are 357 children active in CASA’s program.
There are 308 children on our waiting list.
Be the person who answers the phone when a child calls
Advocate for a tutor to help a child in math
Speak out when a child is afraid to go to school because of bullying
Ensure that a child receives a comprehensive medical assessment
Help a child get off of unnecessary and harmful medication
Assist in increasing visits for a child who needs to see his dad
Advocate for a special needs child to receive occupational and physical therapy
Tell the Judge that a child should not have to change schools
Cheerlead for a mom who is doing great so a child can go home to her
Attend an orientation (required prior to training),
“The encouragement of the instructor, the class participation, the knowledge of the instructor all made the training incredible;
in my opinion, Wenonoa is so rich in knowledge and she delivered all information with enthusiasm.”
“The training was fantastic. Wenonoa is a top notch facilitator and so helpful and ever patient. She is incredibly approachable and available.
All of the staff and speakers seemed incredibly informed.”
“CASA has a first rate training program; class was well delivered, fun, and interesting.”
“Excellent training; I am ready to go forward and make a positive difference in the lives of children.”
We are students from SOU raising money to help a local charity.
With your help, we can make a difference in the lives of our local youth; they are our future.
No donation is too small. Everything helps!!
Ways to Donate and Participate:
Drop your change in a Donation Jar
at all Lil' PantrY Markets in Jackson County
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