In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children will often slip through the cracks. A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) represents the best interest of abused, neglected and deprived children in court proceedings within our community. A CASA serves as the eyes and ears of the court by providing information that the judge needs in order to make a decision that is in the child’s best interest. CASAs are appointed to a child's case and are responsible for taking time to find about the child. CASA volunteers search for information, review records, observe visits, talk to agency workers, write reports, and appear in court for the hearings. CASA's advocate for the best interests of the children.
If you have a heart for children and believe all children deserve to a safe home, a permanent home as quickly as possible, this is the opportunity for you.
Learn more about being a volunteer on the Third Tuesday of every month at CASA and Coffee! At the Wilcox Non-Profit Center in Alma, MI at 7:30am, 12:30pm, and 5:30pm you can get your questions answered about what a CASA is and whether it's right for you! Our next dates are March 16, April 16, and May 21st!
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About CASA of Gratiot County
515 N. State S.t, Alma, MI 48801, US
The mission of CASA of Gratiot County is to provide advocacy for neglected, abused, and at-risk children in the Family Division of the 29th Judicial Circuit Court, promote the best interest of the child, and establish safety and permanency for all children. CASA of Gratiot County is committed to work, in the court system, through screened, trained and dedicated volunteers in collaboration with key agencies, legal counsel and community resources.
CASA of Gratiot County is a program of Child Advocacy that looks out for the best interests of abused and neglected children as they make their way through the family court system. CASA accomplishes this by recruiting, screening, and training volunteer advocates to speak on behalf of children in Gratiot County. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens who are empowered to become a voice for abused/neglected children in our community. Learn More Here! Since its creation by the family court judge in Seattle, Court Appointed Special Advocates has become one of the most effective programs of its kind. Children who are appointed a CASA volunteer are: - More likely to find a safe, permanent home. - More likely to receive services while in the system. - More likely to stay in fewer foster homes. - More likely to have consistent, responsible adult presence. - More likely to pass all courses in school.