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Court Appointed Special Advocates are trained by our organization to provide high quality advocacy for abused and neglected children in the family court system.
CASA’s are appointed by the Court to act as advocates in child protective proceedings. It is the CASA’s mandate to provide an independent assessment of all aspects of a child’s life to the court, based on what is best for the child . All persons or things affecting the child’s physical, mental and emotional well-being are to be a part of the assessment. The advocate meets with the child and other parties and presents facts and recommendations to the Court through written and oral reports; consults with the child’s attorney and social worker on different aspects of the case including whether it should be brought back for a hearing if circumstances change and Advocates for caregiver compliance with court orders. If the child is not in the home, the CASA is expected to view interaction between the child and his or her parent(s), if at all possible. This will include observing supervised visitation (subject to the caseworker’s approval). The Advocate should be involved in case planning conferences, attend hearings and may be called as a witness. On the child’s behalf, CASA’s seek provision of a permanent family environment that is both safe and nurturing.


In general, the CASA is not to provide services, but assemble and provide information that, based on findings, describes needed services.

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About Court Appointed Special Advocate

Location:

PO BOX 763, OWENSBORO, KY 42302, US

Mission Statement

The mission of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so that every abused or neglected child can be safe, establish permanence and have the opportunity to thrive

Description

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court and other settings. The primary responsibilities of a CASA volunteer are to:

  • Gather information: Review documents and records, interview the children, family members and professionals in their lives.
  • Document findings: Provide written reports at court hearings.
  • Appear in court: Advocate for the child's best interests and provide testimony when necessary.
  • Explain what is going on: Help the childunderstand the court proceedings.
  • "Be the glue": Seek cooperative solutions among individuals and organizations involved in the children's lives. As one volunteer said: Be the glue that connects the pieces in a complicated child welfare system.
  • Recommend services: Ensure that the children and their family are receiving appropriate services and advocate for those that are not immediately available. Bring concerns about the child's health, education, mental health, etc. to the appropriate professionals.
  • Monitor case plans and court orders: Check to see that plans are being followed and mandated review hearings are being held.
  • Keep the court informed: Update the court on developments with agencies and family members. Ensure that appropriate motions are filed on behalf of the child so the court knows about any changes in the child's situation.
Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

608 Frederica StreetOwensboro, KY 42301

(37.77014,-87.11372)
 

SKILLS

  • Child Welfare

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 30 hours of training, provided before taking a case and then approximately 10 hours per month through the case

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