To recruit and train volunteers from the community to represent the best interests of children in the court system due to abuse or neglect.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers are trained in various aspects of MS youth court law, the foster care system, and the dynamics of child abuse and neglect. The role of the volunteer is to serve as an independent investigator for the youth court judge, to try and get the system to work for the child by ensuring ordered services are provided, making written recommendations as to the child's best interest to the judge, with the primary goal of moving the child through the court system into a safe, permanent home.
by Shelia R. from Pascagoula, MS
This is an organization where you are able to volunteer as little or as much as you can. They have created a 'Friends of CASA' program for those that cannot handle the time or emotions of getting into the cases yet still want to help the organization and children. They also have a forum approach to helping each other and getting advice from one another about cases and still keeping the childs confidentiality. This group has grown since 2002 and continues to grown. Hurricane Katrina almost stopped them but did not diminish the heart and soul this group had in caring for children. I'm truly proud to say we graduated one of our largest volunteer groups ever on Jun 30, 2007. We added 17 newbies to our ranks. We also had over 100 people in attendance. If you have a heart and a little spare time this is a group where you don't have to have much money but the your work is quite tangible and rewarding.