Three cheers to our newest CASA volunteers in Adams County!
Hip, hip hooray for our newest Adams County CASA volunteers. They were sworn in 11/06/2017 after completing their CASA training. We are excited to have all of them be a part of CASA! Tip your hats, high five them or give them a pat on the back if you see them out and about! They give their own time and energy to support children in need in our community.
Front Row: Donna Sutton, Judge Wooleyhan and Victoria Laack
Back Row: Jessica Erickson, Vickie Mims, Karen Elliott, Bonnie Poling and Jeanne Smith
Congratulations to our newest CASA volunteers in McDonough County!
They were sworn in 10/05/2017 after completing their CASA training. We are excited to have all of them be a part of CASA! Please take a moment to thank them if you see them. They are each providing their own time and support to children in need in our area.
Photo 1: Michelle Hite, Ed Peters, Debbie Orton, Kayla Mountain, Darla Hornbaker, Christine Staley, Lori Colley. Photo 2: Danielle Woodyard CASA Supervisor, Debbie Orton, Michelle Hite, Christine Staley, Ed Peters, Kayla Mountain, Darla Hornbaker, Lori Colley, Judge Walton
What is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
Each year thousands of children fall victim to abuse, neglect or abandonment. These children become victimized and may be lost in an overburdened child welfare system. Sometimes a child can remain adrift in foster care for months or even years.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are trained community volunteers appointed by a judge to speak up for abused or neglected children in court. CASA volunteers work alongside attorneys and social workers from case inception to its completion.
CASA volunteers come form all walks of life. They have a variety of professional, educational and ethnic backgrounds. No special experience is required. Volunteers are selected on the basis of their objectivity, competence and commitment.
Once accepted, volunteers are trained in courtroom procedure, the social service and juvenile court systems, and the special needs of children who have been abused or neglected.
It takes a commitment of 10-12 hours a month to be a CASA volunteer. Although it is challenging, it is very rewarding.
Become a CASA Volunteer!
CASA Job Requirements
- Complete the thirty-hour training program.
- Comply with all policies and procedures of CASA of Adams & McDonough County
- Pass all background checks
- Have a valid driver’s license and car insurance
- Comply with Mandated Reporting standards
CASA Job Description
- Serve in the best interest of the child.
- Complete a thorough investigation of the case.
- Maintain regular, ongoing contact of no less than once a month with the child.
- Participate in continuing education totaling twelve hours throughout each year by attending networking and in-services.
- Write reports for court hearings that will give an adequate description of the child, their environment, and recommendations you feel would aid in their well being and best interest.
- Attend all court hearings.
- Maintain complete records of all contacts and information gathered. Upon completion of the case, all records will be turned over to the CASA office.
- Maintain complete confidentiality.
- Make contact with the assigned attorney to insure the best interest of the child are being met.
- Monitor service plans and court orders to determine if progress is being made in the case.
- Report any incidents of child abuse or neglect to the CASA supervisor and appropriate authorities.
- Remain actively involved in the case until formally discharged by the court.
November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Check out WGEM’s interview with ANC’s Executive Director, Todd Shakelford below.