Every year, more than three million children nationally are reported abused or neglected. Despite the states’ attempts to help, many of these kids become trapped in the court and child welfare maze and can spend their childhood moving from one temporary shelter to another. This is where a CASA volunteer steps in by becoming a Court appointed special Advocate (CASA) volunteer.
We’re simply looking for people with a desire to help abused children. As a CASA volunteer you will receive training from professionals in the legal and welfare fields, and you’ll have the complete support of your CASA organization to help you through each case.
CASA volunteers review records, research information and talk to everyone involved; social workers, attorneys, judges, parents, teachers, family members and, of course the children themselves.
Volunteers then present their recommendation to the cort as to what they feel is best for the child. Judges rely heavily on this testimony to make an informed decision on the child’s future.
Become a CASA Volunteer…
and be rewarded with some of the most powerful and fulfilling experiences you can find. We welcome volunteers from all cultures, professions, ethnic and educational backgrounds.
Court Appointed Special Advocates — of Cass County, is the only local volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens to become appointed members of the Cass County court system in order to act on behalf of abused or neglected children as they pass through the family court system. We invite you to hear our stories, learn our mission, and join our cause … because sometimes the only difference between a life of pain and anguish and a life of joy and success is you.
Adapted from the Memorandum of Understanding between (Michigan) Cass County CASA; the Family Court of Cass County; and the Family Independence Agency of Cass County. February, 2003.
There are other ways to get involved in creating real change and opportunity in a child’s life through Cass County CASA.
Become a Cass County CASA Board Member