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Crawford County CASA, under professional leadership, trains and provides citizen volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who are involved in juvenile court proceedings primarily as a result of abuse and/or neglect. These volunteers conduct an independent investigation, establish working relationships with all involved parties and services, report their findings and recommendations to the court, and help monitor compliance with family service plans and court orders. Crawford County CASA is dedicated to ensuring that children have a safe, permanent and nurturing home in the shortest time frame possible.
The CASA program is independent, but works closely with the court, social workers, therapists, attorneys, care providers and other professionals involved in a child's case. CASAs work under the direct supervision of the CASA Volunteer Coordinator to further the child's welfare and to expedite the case through the system. The CASA's ultimate goal is to move the child out of temporary placement, usually in the foster care system, into a safe and permanent home. This could mean returning to the parent's care, adoption, the appointment of a legal guardian or some other permenent living arrangement that satisfies the court and fulfills the child's needs.
- Belinda Nichols
- (814) 337-4471
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