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Was there ever a time in your life when you needed 
someone to stand up for you?
Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, provides a powerful voice for abused and neglected children. In 2019, there were 1,034 founded cases of abuse and neglect in Jackson County. In an overburdened system, these children risk slipping through the cracks and suffering from further abuse. CASA volunteers have the power to prevent this tragic reality. These dedicated, highly-trained community members serve as fact finders for the judge by researching the background of each assigned case. They speak for the child in the courtroom, representing the child’s best interests, and work to move the child as quickly and effectively as possible through the system and into a safe, permanent home.
 
What Is CASA of Jackson County?
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.
 
CASA of Jackson County is an Equal Opportunity Program and Equal Employment Opportunity

We are the CASA movement.

We are ordinary people. We come from all walks of life, all across the country.
We are trained volunteers who step up to assist Judges and serve the nation’s most vulnerable children as CASAs.
We work in our own communities, but we share a common set of values. We believe in the rights and dignity of children.
We are committed to putting that belief to work for children who have been abused or neglected. And we hold
ourselves to the highest standards of excellence in service.
Across the country today, we serve more than a quarter-million children. Hundreds of thousands more children need our help.
 
 

We are there for the child.

Whatever their age, children removed from home because of abuse or neglect face a frightening, profound unknown.
We make sure they don’t face it alone.
We stand by them. We are there whenever they need us, for as long as it takes to reach a safe, permanent home.
We are strong, compassionate adults who are a consistent presence, who care, who listen, and who put the child’s interests before all others.
We give children a say in what is happening to them. We speak for them when they cannot speak for themselves.
We help them heal and thrive. We give them the support they need to become happy, successful adults.
We help them find the road home, wherever it lies.

 

We are there for the Judge.

To make decisions that affect the rest of a child’s life, judges need to know the child. We help them do that.
We take the time to get to know the child at the heart of each case. We go where they go.
We talk to the people who touch their lives-parents and foster parents, family members, teachers, doctors,
neighbors, friends, social workers, attorneys, and therapists.
We gather the details only a dedicated volunteer with a caseload of one or two can deliver.
Every visit, call, and report we make gives judges what they need to act in the best interests of the child.
Every detail helps judges move the child out of the system and into a permanent home.

 

We are there to change lives.

And we do. Children who have a CASA receive more of the services that are critical to their well-being than children who don’t.
They are more likely to succeed in school.
And while their cases are among the most difficult and heartbreaking, children with CASAs
cycle through fewer foster placements and spend less time in foster care.
They reach safe, permanent homes and loving families more quickly. What’s that worth to a child? To a community? To a nation?
The answer in dollars is impressive: $540 million a year in savings on foster care alone.
The answer in everything else we value as a society – health, happiness, resilience, hope, strength, human potential,
faith in ourselves and in our neighbors – is beyond measure.

 

We are not there alone.

Our work with children is one-on-one, but we do not work alone.
We are a movement, a group of people who have come together to advance a shared goal.
Our movement includes nearly 1,000 state organizations and local programs that currently support more than 77,000 CASAs.
And it includes judges, attorneys, caseworkers, families, policymakers, donors, and friends.