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The mission of CASA of Campbell County is to advocate for abused and neglected children by providing them with a voice in court through highly trained volunteer advocates. These advocates ensure that each child receives the necessary medical, psychological and educational services. Our advocates are appointed by Campbell County Juvenile Court Judge Amanda Sammons. They are empowered to obtain detailed information related to a child’s case, to prepare a written report with recommendations for the judge and to speak for the child’s best interests in court.
Every year in the United States, over 270,000 children are removed from their homes and placed with relatives or in foster care because they cannot live safely with their parents. Their future path in life will eventually be decided in court. Will a child be returned to his or her parents, remain with relatives, stay in foster care or become available for adoption?
Today, to help judges make these types of difficult decisions, there are more than 900 Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) programs throughout the nation. Volunteer advocates with these programs champion the best interest of children so that they can have a chance to thrive.