Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Every child has the right to a safe, permanent home free from abuse.
Manitowoc County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is a volunteer-based program that recruits, screens and trains everyday citizens from the community to be the voice of abused and neglected children in the courtroom to ensure them a safe and permanent home. Often referred to as the “eyes and ears of the court,” CASA volunteers are assigned by juvenile judges to advocate exclusively on behalf of a child or sibling group. They conduct weekly face-to-face visits, make objective observations about the child(ren)’s safety and well-being and submit a written report each month to help the judge make a decision about permanent placement. Requirements are:
- Spend about 10-12 hours a month on a case
- Commit to at least one year of service or until your particular child’s case is resolved
- Be at least 21 years of age and pass an extensive background check
According to National CASA, more than 76,000 volunteers are spread throughout 950 local and state programs. Because of CASA volunteers, more than 2 million children have found their way to a safe home -- with an adoptive family, extended family, or returned to their birth parents when it is safe to reunify. CASA is the only program of its kind.
To be a powerful voice in a child's life, contact Julie Ribley, CASA Director, at 920-686-8736 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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