CASA of the 34th Circuit
- Advocacy & Human Rights
- Children & Youth
Location420 Virginia AvenueNew Madrid, MO 63869 United States
The Mission of the CASA of the 34th Circuit is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every child who has experienced abuse or neglect can be safe, have a permanency home, and the opportunity to thrive.
CASA Volunteers are highly trained advocates appointed by a Judge to represent the best interests of children who are involved in the child welfare system and courts as a result of abuse or neglect. A CASA Volunteer has an official role in the judicial proceedings and assists the court by independently investigating a case and submitting recommendations to the court. A CASA Volunteer will work collaboratively alongside others involved in the case including parents, placement, therapists, Children's Division workers, Juvenile Officers, GAL, school staff and any others involved with the child. Our best interest advocacy is driven by the guiding principle that children grow and develop best with their family of origin, if that can be safely achieved. Most children working with a CASA Volunteer are in foster care and most children who leave foster care do so to return to their family.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the 34th Circuit serves New Madrid and Pemiscot Counties in Missouri. CASA Volunteer Advocates represent the best interests of children involved in cases of abuse and neglect.